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Re: Policy: font paths.

> Federico Di Gregorio <fog@perosa.alpcom.it> said:
>Hi everybody (hoping my ISP mail server is OK now...),
>	Last night I installed some more type1 fonts on my
>system and I had to manually configure both X and ghostscript.
>Then I found on the net a little perl script to automatize that
>and I tought: why doesnt the debian have a policy regarding fonts?
>Why doesnt has a standard font installer/manager.
>	If someone is interested i can package the perl script
>but that will not solve the problem of where to put fonts.
>Maybe someone could write a font manager for debian...
>	Any ideas about that? Ciao!

I second that.  I would have volunteered, but I didn't think of it. <g>

Actual font installation for X11, teTeX, Groff, and everything
else isn't difficult, provided that one keeps track of where all the various
fonts systems are located.

I would suggest taking advantage of the dialog utility so that non-X users can
maintain their fonts, too.  It would be a good idea to have pre- and post-
installation scripts for any .deb font libraries, because it would be
necessary to determine what fonts are already present.  One would also need
find out, somehow, the resolutions of the different display devices.

As far as a "policy", I would say that any font which is publicly available
is fair to be included in Debian.  Granted,  sometimes the origin of a font
isn't obvious, nor what specific licensing arrangements apply.  For a
start, I
would say that any of the fonts in the X11R6, teTeX, Groff or ghostscript
distributions have had their licensing agreements investigated and should
be safe for inclusion.

Best of luck,



...Another conscientious objector from the War on Drugs...

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