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Bug#700500: a CyrEo fontset, please?

>>>>> Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg> writes:
>>>>> On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 at 01:48:43PM +0000, Ivan Shmakov wrote:

 >> … However, these fontsets come at the price of the reduced color
 >> capability for the text terminals.

 > This doesn't happen when framebuffer is used.

	Does that mean /dev/fb*, or rather the “kernel mode setting”
	(KMS) facility?

	The last time I’ve checked, – it wasn’t the case for KMS-enabled
	text VTs.  I wasn’t following this closely, though.

 > With modern kernels framebuffer is more or less a requirement.

	With xserver-xorg-video-vesa, – it surely isn’t.

	Unfortunately, “native” X video drivers are simply not supported
	for my hardware on Debian.  (Unless, of course, one considers
	firmware-linux-nonfree to be part of Debian, which it’s /not./)

 >>> 2. Small fontsets (256 glyphs) are for one language only.

 >> That’s hardly the case; for instance, how do you explain that the
 >> CyrSlav fontset includes ñ?  Is it used in any languages that rely
 >> on the Cyrillic script?

 > No, the letter ñ is not included in the CyrSlav fontset.  The symbols
 > from the file useful.set are included in the generated fonts by the
 > bdf2psf utility only when there are free positions.  The letter ñ is
 > listed number 109 in this file.

	I stand corrected.
 >>> Users who need multilingual support should use Uni1, Uni2 or Uni3.

 >> FWIW, I’d gladly accept a facility allowing the user to use custom
 >> fontsets for a fix to this issue.

 > Yes, custom fontsets are supported.  One only has to put the
 > corresponding font in /usr/share/consolefonts and use an instruction
 > like FONT=CyrEo-Terminus16.psf.gz in /etc/default/console-setup.

	That doesn’t seem like “supported” to me, as:

	• /usr is generally reserved for dpkg-maintained files; the
	  “custom” ones belong to /usr/local instead;

	• by “custom fontsets support” I mean, specifically, that the
	  user is provided a tool which locates user’s own fontsets
	  (either in /etc/console-setup or somewhere under /usr/local,
	  or perhaps passed via the command line) and generates the
	  respective font files; alas, I don’t seem to see any such tool
	  provided by either console-setup, console-setup-linux, or kbd

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