Install working version of FontForge on Ubuntu 11.10

The version of FontForge currently available from the Ubuntu repositories is unusable with Ubuntu 11.10. The bug and the solution is described here. It seems that FontForge has been fixed to work with 11.10, but that the Ubuntu repositories have not been updated. Version 20110225 works; the older version 20100429 in the repository doesn’t.

Aleksandr’s solution works:

  1. Uninstall the old FontForge package (using Synpatic or whatever).
  2. Install git and python-dev if they are not already installed.
  3. Download and compile FontForge from source:
    Open a terminal screen, and enter the following lines:
    git clone git://
    That downloads the source code for the latest version.
    cd fontforge
    That moves you into the directory where the FontForge files have just landed.
    sudo make install
    That compiles FontForge. The executable was at ~/fontforge/fontforge/fontforge. Change the permissions to run it without sudo.

2 thoughts on “Install working version of FontForge on Ubuntu 11.10

  1. Sovichet

    I couldn’t found fontforge in ~/fontforge/fontforge . What can I do now?

    I also got this error:

    collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
    make[1]: *** [../] Error 1
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/sovichet/fontforge/fontforge’
    make: *** [fontforge] Error 2

  2. Joe

    You mentioned you could not find fontforge here: ~/fontforge/fontforge

    Have you looked for it as: ~/fontforge/fontforge/fontforge


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