Comment 7 for bug 110358

rmark (rmark33) wrote :

I use debian lenny and I have met the same problem: the user can not use bitmap fonts using an appropriate ~/.fonts.conf file. If /var/cache/fontconfig exists it is used instead of the local one (~/.fontconfig).
I reversed two lines in file /etc/fonts/fonts.conf that define the cache path. Now the first one is the local that is followed by the system-wide cache path:
After it user level changes has effect.

It is better to write these lines in a new file: local.conf or in your own ~/.fonts.conf since /etc/fonts/fonts.conf should not be edit by hand.