Policy restriction to depend on font packages
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Policy 188.8.131.52 says:
"If one or more of the fonts so packaged are
necessary for proper operation of the package with which they are
associated the font
package may be Recommended; if the fonts merely provide an
enhancement, a Suggests
relationship may be used. Packages must not Depend on font packages."
Annotation to this paragraph is :
"This is because the X server may retrieve fonts from the local file
system or over the network from an X font
server; the Debian package system is empowered to deal only with the
local file system."
Then I searched the Debian archive (in case of TrueType fonts):
$ grep-aptavail -F Depends "ttf-" -s Package | wc -l
$ grep-aptavail \( -F Recommends "ttf-" --or -F Suggests "ttf-" \)
- --and ! -F Depends "ttf-" -s Package | wc -l
So, there are 93 packages that violate "must" directive of policy.
Some of them: fontconfig-config, blender, openjdk-6-jre,
openoffice.org-core, vlc. And, as I understand, it leads to 93 bugs of
"serious" severity and yet another pain for release team.
Should I mass-file the bugs or this situation can be resolved through
Eugene V. Lyubimkin
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