[Pkg-fonts-devel] Adopting defoma?

Angus Lees gus at debian.org
Mon Mar 17 23:13:28 UTC 2008

2008/3/7 Christian Perrier <bubulle at debian.org>:

> Quoting Christoph Berg (myon at debian.org):
> > Hi,
> >
> > while looking over old orphaned packages, I stumbled over perlftlib,
> > and as the most prominent (only) Reverse-Recommends, defoma.
> >
> > Angus, the current defoma maintainer, offered it for adoption in
> > January. It would be nice if the fonts team would adopt it.
> I seem to remember that defoma is a huge piece of Perl stuff that
> requires groking Perl as mother tongue and a huge pile of aspirin
> pills to deal with the ton of bugs in the package.
> From my knowledge of the font team  composition, I'm not sure we
> currently have the needed "resources". Others, please prove me
> wrong..:-)

Its lots of really bad perl (that I didn't write).  If someone had loads of
time, it could be rewritten into quite nice OO perl or something, but that
was the bit I just never had the time for.

The reason I kept it alive is because we still don't have anything better
for the non-fontconfig users  :(

I've got a mostly working defoma-tex font auto-installer around here
somewhere too.  I think it needs to be taught about the last few years of
debian TeX repackaging though.

- Gus
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