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Printing Fonts in Oracle Developer Reports on UNIX (Doc ID 163244.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 12, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Reports Developer - Version 6.0.8 to [Release 6.0.8 to 10gr2]
Oracle Forms for OCI - Version and later
Generic UNIX


When running a report from a Windows O/S, the font is pulled from the Windows O/S and then downloaded to the printer.

However, the same is not true when running a report from Unix. There is not a printer driver on Unix so Reports uses:

uiprint.txt and uifont.ali for Motif

.PRT file for Character-Mode

installed fonts in X-Windows

to ensure the required font is printed.

Not all fonts from a Windows environment will work with Unix. All the fonts are not compatible, which is why uifont.ali exists - to alias the fonts from Windows to Unix.

However, those with the same font name on both Windows and Unix will work, e.g. Times Roman, Courier


What Oracle Support can help with are things like editing the uifont.ali and uiprint.txt.  We can perhaps try to assist with the .PRT file(s) but do not support it; check with your printer vendor.  Do remember though to take a backup of any of these files before attempting to edit them Oracle can't help with things like installing fonts as these are O/S specific, and needs special Unix experience. Therefore, the O/S vendor will need to be contacted.

For more detailed and updated information more focused on 10gR2 release, please review:

<Note:356221.1> "A Practical Methodology on Porting Reports from Windows to Unix with Different Fonts"


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