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Bug#363482: xfonts-thai-nectec.alias is still in old directory

reassign 364530 xfonts-utils
retitle 364530 xfonts-utils: needless heirarchy change under /etc/X11/fonts

On Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 09:36:17AM +0700, Theppitak Karoonboonyanan wrote:
> I think there is a conflict between debhelper and xfonts-utils here.
> update-fonts-alias requires package.alias to be in
> /etc/X11/fonts/X11R7/$dir, while dh_installxfonts still checks
> at the old place. That may be why the recent uploader still kept
> the file there (to get update-fonts-alias called, but unfortunately
> ineffective).

> I've filed Bug #363482 against debhelper for this.

> Meanwhile, I've proposed ITA for this orphaned package.
> When dh_installxfonts is fixed, it should be solved in next
> upload.

No, I don't believe this is a debhelper bug.  I've discussed it with the
XSF, and there is provisional agreement that this is a bug (= unnecessary
incompatible change that should be reverted) in xfonts-utils.

The basic issue is that, while there is a reason for the paths for the
actual font files to have changed, and there is a reason why
update-fonts-alias would need additional arguments in order to know how to
distinguish between the old and new paths, there is no reason why a separate
/etc/X11/fonts/X11R7 heirarchy should be required.

I intend to work up a patch for update-fonts-alias so that it can correctly
and automatically determine which aliases belong to which physical
directory, removing the need for sourceful fixes to each and every xfonts

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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