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Bug#185211: xutils: update-fonts-scale: No way to invoke to not ignore directories outside of /etc/X11/fonts, e.g., for AbiWord

Package: xutils
Version: 4.1.0-16
Severity: important

I am attempting to do the correct action with AbiWord.  Since AbiWord
needs all sorts of font crap done to it (which is a mess), I started
out to do it all.  Unfortunately, it says "edit fonts.scale and
fonts.dir by hand for every directory and font ...", and there is NO
WAY I AM GOING TO DO THAT for thousands of fonts I don't even know if
I'm going to use all of; to fix that, it has to be automated.  This is
a whole bunch of symlinks underneath /usr/share/AbiSuite/fonts.  This
problem should be fixed in AbiWord, and in Debian's configuration of
AbiWord, but in the meanwhile, there is purpose to use
update-fonts-scale to update all those fonts.scale files that
mkfontdir doesn't know how to deal with.  The arbitrary refusal of
update-fonts-scale is obscene in this case, and not having an override
option is abysmal.

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux O.Q.NET 2.4.20 #2 Fri Mar 7 17:07:21 CST 2003 i686

Versions of packages xutils depends on:
ii  libc6                    2.2.5-11.2      GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libncurses5              5.2.20020112a-7 Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  xfree86-common           4.1.0-16        X Window System (XFree86) infrastr
ii  zlib1g                   1:1.1.4-1       compression library - runtime

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