[Pkg-fonts-devel] Request for review/sponsorship. ITP #511036

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Mon Dec 14 11:17:17 UTC 2009

Christian Perrier wrote:
> Quoting Simon Ochsenreither (simon at ochsenreither.de):
>> Hi,
>>> "cd packages ; svn add ttf-droid ; svn commit" is your friend.
>> OK, thanks, I didn't know that I have commit access ...
>> I have seen that the .orig.tar.gz packages are missing in other font
>> dirs ... should I only commit the Debian packaging things or the
>> whole thing with the orig.tar.gz?
> I personnally never include .orig.tar.gz files in packaging repos.
> On the other hand, we *do* import upstream source and tag them as
> upstream_${version}. See packages/README.source

Also it's always worth running the released tarball through various
checks: text files, metadata, etc and then interacting with upstreams
before committing the source to our repository.

Bear in mind that for many many designers, licensing and the structure
of a tarball is still a bit of an afterthought considering all the work
which has already gone into the glyphs, hinting, smart features, etc...

The perspective of a creator is different than the one from a packager,
but they work together for the greater good :-)

That's why we have a VCS template as a recommendation:
Please make use of it when interacting with upstreams. (the structure
will be updated soon but it still provide a good discussion basis).

Always strive to be gentle with upstreams, it's fairly obviously in
everybody's interest :-)


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer
Debian/Ubuntu font teams / OpenFontLibrary

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