PHP GD font path on Ubuntu VPS

Hi, I installed on Ubuntu 14.04 Vesta (with, php, mysql, phpmyadmin etc).

On my website I use php imagettftext() function to write text on images. Since years ago I used to write on other servers the font path like:

		$font = 'arialbd.ttf';

but here in Ubuntu with vesta and PHP Version 5.6.7-1 will get error: Could not find/open font in …

I found 2 resolutions for my problem:

		putenv('GDFONTPATH=' . realpath('.'));
		$font = 'arialbd.ttf';
		$font = './arialbd.ttf';

How can I set to use only:

		$font = 'arialbd.ttf';



I know that this was from 2015, but I still had to come back to thank you in 2020! I tried step “2.” and this solved my problem! Thanks Sebastian!

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