[Pkg-fonts-devel] Debian version of GNU freefont

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Fri Feb 1 22:06:49 UTC 2008

Quoting Steve White (stevan.white at googlemail.com):
> Hi Christian,
> I saw your name on a bunch of bug reports for GNU freefont, and Primoz
> told me you were partly responsible for cleaning the font up for
> Debian.
> He proposed that I should implement the changes you made there.
> I'm hoping you can give me some advice, and perhaps help, in how to
> proceed with this.
> Are all your changes reflected in the patches on the Freefont bugs?
> If not, is there a separate version control branch for your changes?
> Or do you have notes?
> I am only now starting to see what a mess this is.  Beside the new
> format used by FontForge, I immediately see some problems in the
> large:
> * many characters far outside the font bounds (sometimes twice as big
> as they should be)
> * whole ranges of characters (apparently) duplicated in strange places.
> * kerning is strangely broken (depending on application)
> * various other messy problems, such as un-closed paths

Hello Steve,

I read about you taking the maintenance of Freefont over. That's great

I'm no longer the maintainer of the Debian package, which has been
taken over by Davide Viti (zinosat at tiscali.it) and the Debian Fonts
packaging team.

I think that most of your concerns above would be better answered by
some members of the team, but still:

- I think that all changes in the Debian packages are reflected in
bugs reported to upstream as you found it

 and more particularly the "patches" subdirectory will provide you
with our current set of patches.

For sure, Freefont has many problems and having someone dealing with
them is great. It is actually a quite important part for Debian as the
font is used in the Debian installer (graphical version).

I hope that this mail exchange will help you out getting more help
maintaining Freefont. I CC the fonts packaging team in Debian
(pkg-fonts-devel at lists.debian.org, opened posting, IIRC). 

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