[Pkg-fonts-devel] New release: GNU FreeFont

Davide Viti zinosat at tiscali.it
Sat Apr 5 17:25:19 UTC 2008

Hi Steve,

On Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 12:07:41AM +0200, Steve White wrote:
> (Oh, by the way, I tried that "Waterfall".  Nice.  Works great with FreeFont!)

they do :)

> I doubted that, but checked, and found that FontForge indeed
> segfaulted on opening FreeSerif.ttf.
> Deal was, FontForge allowed me to create and save a lookup table in an
> inconsistent state, and reported this to me later by segfaulting.
> Took a whole evening to figure out what the problem was.
> The corrected table is in CVS and will be in the next release.

I'd like to make current version of freefont in Debian more stable by selecting
patches you've fixed in CVS and backporting them; at least for bugreports
filed by debian users and those that make the font unusable namely:


and the FreeSerif one which makes FF segfault

> Well, nobody's perfect.  And FontForge does a lot of stuff, so it can
> be expected to have a few bugs.
> >  now that we have both FF and freefont in the archive, I think
> >  it'd be nice to let things settle a bit and see how things go.
> >
> Well, a week or two.  I'm working very hard on this, and don't know
> how long I can keep it up.

don't worry: you're doing a great job!
After such a long time with no release, freefont needed some fresh air.

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