Re: Policy restriction to depend on font packages
[dropping -release from Cc]
On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 15:11:44 -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Rene Engelhard <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > ttf-opensymbol comes out of openoffice.org itself (easily checkable) and
> > is needed for basic operation. You won't get any bullet in OOos lists
> > without it.
> Even if you're running an X font server on a different host that is
> providing that font? Does that not work? (I haven't tried to use one
> since TTF fonts became possible, and don't know if it even works with
> > You don't really want that as a Recommends, do you?
> The reason for the Policy requirement for Recommends is to enable font
> servers and not require all the fonts be installed locally when you're
> running a font server.
> It's possible that font servers are quaint bit of computer history that no
> one cares about any more, though, in which case Policy should change.
That section of policy is about "fonts for the X Window System", which a
footnote defines as fonts "accessed via X protocol requests" (a.k.a core
fonts, or server-side fonts). Most apps nowadays use client-side fonts
(through Xft), not server-side fonts.
So policy 11.8.5 only talks about the xfonts-* packages, not the ttf-*
ones, at least as I understand it.