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Re: BDF Considered Harmful?

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 01:14:03PM +0100, Bill Allombert wrote:
> I fail to see the difference between a BDF-to-PCF converter and a C compiler
> that will discard comments from the C source files. Yet we do not generally
> ship C source code in binary packages.

This is not the right analogy. A C source file by itself cannot be run
without having been compiled while, AFAICT from the given description,
a BDF "source" file can be.  Make an analogy with Perl source file, it
will work better: they do have copyright notices and comments, yet we
ship them in binary packages.

A question I have and that hasn't been addressed by the original
request is: what is the advantage to have BDF files in binary
packages? Comments and copyright notices don't look like a real
advantage to me.


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