when trying to run an app that uses fontconfig it complains that it cant find any fonts.
I have checked the fonts.conf that comes with the package, the path is set correctly.
gunzip'ing the fonts will make fontconfig work again.
fontconfig depends on freetype support for .pcf.gz font files; it's likely your
freetype doesn't have support for these fonts.
ok i waswrong, the issue is not with gzip compressed fonts but with fonts in subdirectories.
the standard font.conf defines /usr/X11R6/lib/fonts as dir to search fonts
but this doesnt seem to work.
All subdirs are listed with zero fonts in the cache file.
I guess its because there are some subdirs that dont contain valid fonts or something like it.
defining all font dirs in the config file works.
the other solution worked because i copied the some of the fonts to /usr/share/fonts without subdirs.
There were plenty of issues with fonts in subdirectories in old font config
bits, I think those are all fixed now. You may have to run fc-cache -f to make
things work again, but I hope not.