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Fabian Greffrath wrote:
>> FcFontSort() doesn't necessarily returns only FcPatterns matched the
>> given pattern. it returns FcPatterns sorted by the score according to
>> the result of matching the pattern. I guess what you are expecting to
>> see may be more close to FcFontList() perhaps.
> Thanks for your reply, but this doesn't really answer my question.
Well, part of your question was why FcFontSort didn't restrict the list,
Other than that: I tried the attached example with the argument
'FreeMono', and as you suggested, it produces pretty identical results
to 'fc-match --sort FreeMono:spacing=mono', with FreeMono on top of the
list because it's the closest match. So I can find nothing wrong with
the way you build the pattern.
(If you leave out the call to FcPatternAddInteger, you might get a
different order because a missing element produces a slightly different
score in the match.)
Whether fontconfig is able to substitute Liberation Mono for FreeMono on
a system where the latter isn't available is another story. (Meaning,
treating it as a closer match than other fonts.)
This benefits from appropriate rules in fontconfig's configuration
files, which typically operate on 'family', not on 'spacing' (the
priority of 'family' in the match is higher than that of 'spacing' anyway).
These work through the generic family name 'monospace'. I. e. adding
'Liberation Mono' for the monospace family in 60-latin.conf improves its
eligibility as a substitute for FreeMono. Although on a system where it
isn't clear what kind of monospace font is available it would be an
option to use the generic family name directly.