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Re: Bug#381992: ITP: libming-fonts-openoffice -- Fonts for use with the Ming Library for SWF Creation

On Tue, 8 Aug 2006, Hendrik Sattler wrote:

Would it be possible to convert them at installation time?

Yes, it would be possible.

There would be two essential options:
1. creation at installation time:
  - possibly only one package for all ming fonts (the tool)

The tool is currently provided as part of the libming-util package.

  - less packages on the mirrors
2. building a ming font package for the wanted TTF font packages

Subject to the input I receive on this, I estimate that only 3-4 font
packages would need to be provided to cover the commonly used fonts. I
don't want an explosion of packages in an effort to convert all fonts
that are available, but I do think it would be good to provide the
common fonts that are used by applications that depend on libming.

I'd go for option one with a small util that:
1. installs the ttf font package e.g. via apt
2. converts to ming fonts
3. optionally uninstalls the ttf font package

I have so far choosen the other option because I felt that when
installing on a production server, I wanted to _not_ do the extra work of
converting the fonts as part of the installation, nor did I want to have
to go perform a manual step on multiple servers. This could also lead to
other applications (which depend on libming) having to build the fonts in
their postinstall script, and there could be multiple applications that
need the same font.

It is still possible to perform option #1 since the tool is provided, but
I would like for the common cases to be effortless for the end user.


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