[Pkg-fonts-devel] 20090104 release of GNU FreeFont

Davide Viti zinosat at tiscali.it
Wed Jan 21 08:32:09 UTC 2009

Hi Steve,
I've worked on the new package since its release and I'm currently stuck with a problem:
one of the "products" of the build, is an "udeb" package meant to be used by the Debian
graphical installer: it consists of a ttf files with a stripped down set of glyphs.
The stripped down ttfs are created via a fontforge script.

To make sure the udeb is fine, i render some text with the standard ttf, then I render
the same text with the stripped ttf and compare the two images, expecting no differences.

This test fails, for example for Bengali, Gujarati and Hindi languages, which are supported
by te udeb: this means that one of that removed glyph ranges causes the problem, but haven't
figured out yet with one.
Here's the list of stripped ranges:

u0370:u03FF # Greek and Coptic
u0400:u052F # Cyrilic
u0530:u058F # Armenian
u0590:u05FF # Hebrew
uFB1D:uFB4F # Hebrew 2
u0600:u06FF # Arabic
u0700:u077F # Syriac
u0b00:u0b7f # Oriya
u0b80:u0bff # Tamil
u0D00:u0FFF # Malayalam, Sinhala, Thai, Lao, Tibetan
u10A0:u10FF # Georgian
u1EA0:u1EFF # Vietnamese
u1F00:u1FFF # Greek Extended
u2070:u209F # Superscripts and Subscripts
u2100:u21FF # Letterlike, Number forms, Arrows
u2200:u24FF # Mathematical, Techical, Control, OCR
u2580:u259F # Block elements
u2600:u26FF # Miscellaneous Symbols
u2700:u27BF # Dingbats
u3000:u30FF # CJK Symbols and Punctuation


On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 04:57:48PM +0100, Steve White wrote:
> Davide,
> On May 4, I wrote you about the 20090104 release, and that it
> superseded the Dec 2008 release,
> but I haven't heard back from you, and I see that the Dec 2008 release
> is still in Debian experimental.
> http://packages.qa.debian.org/t/ttf-freefont.html
> As I explained, there is a licensing issue in the 2008 release, and it
> has therefore been withdrawn.
> I regard this as being rather urgent.
> Please make the appropriate changes to the Debian package.
> Thanks!

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