As many of you may know, recently, Pango 1.44 dropped support for bitmap fonts. So that meant our beloved xos4 Terminus (as well as other great bitmap fonts) was no more.
Luckily, there is a TTF version of terminus in the AUR (terminus-font-ttf). However, there are some spacing issues with this font, and it is not a pixel perfect replacement (see comparison screen below). But there is a better solution: terminus-font-otb, an OpenType Bitmap version of terminus, available in the Community repository. Here is how to install it.
First, remove (or backup)
(This systemd drop-in file seems to have been installed by fontconfig and will block terminus-font-otb from our available fonts.)
terminus-font-otb using your favorite package manager (this is not a AUR package).
Terminus will now be available again! Finally, be sure to uninstall terminus-font.
[ Comparison of terminus-font-otb and terminus-font-td1-ttf (centered ascii tilde), 14 point, under Pango 1.44.5-1. Notice the vertical alignment. ]