[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#422980: ttf-dejavu: fontconfig error: cannot load default config file

Davide Viti zinosat at tiscali.it
Wed Jul 4 20:24:35 UTC 2007


On Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 12:00:06AM +0200, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> I suspect the source of this bug is the fact that fontconfig is
> unpackaged but not yet configured when ttf-dejavu is configured by
> dpkg.  I suspect this must be fixed either in fontconfig, making sure
> it isn't hooking into defoma before it is configured, or in defoma, by
> letting it depend or recommend the fontconfig package to make sure
> fontconfig is configured before defoma, and thus before all fonts
> depending on defoma.
> We ran into this bug in Debian Edu in Etch, giving us false positives
> when checking the installation for errors.  See
> <URL:http://bugs.skolelinux.no/show_bug.cgi?id=1198> for our bug
> report.

I spent some time trying to reproduce the problem in a chroot:
I've created a bare minimal sarge chroot, dist-upgraded to etch
and tried some combinations of apt-get/dpkg in order to 
install/remove ttf-dejavu and fontconfig but with no success.

As suggested on IRC, the problem apparently arises when dealing with 
a large number of packages; 
I've reproduced the problem running the following in the etch chroot

 apt-get install xorg gnome

note that installing xorg alone or gnome alone does not trigger the problem.

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