[Pkg-fonts-devel] replacement for ftinfo?

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sun Mar 29 18:06:19 UTC 2009

Paul Wise wrote:
> Hi all,
> Currently the pkg-fonts review uses ftinfo from fttools to display
> copyright and other info. fttools was removed from Debian because it
> depended on freetype1. Does anyone know if there is a freetype2 ftinfo
> equivalent?

Hi Paul,

Thanks a lot for helping improve the review script.

I can't seem to find a new similar utility in the freetype
repositories... So I'd recommend we just switch to otfinfo from the
lcdf-typetools package (otfinfo -i outputs the description data). AFAICT
it works fine with usual TrueType fonts too.

IMHO Ed Trager's fontaine is a very promising tool to get a more
complete description of the fonts in our review:

Alternatively the latest fontconfig release has a new utility called
fc-query with can report some more info on the font without the need for
the font to be put in a folder to be cached.

For richer specimens (pangrams beyond Latin ranges) we should look into
"pcfp" (Pango-Cairo Font Playground, also from Ed. (Alternatively the
latest pango-view from pango 1.24.0 now also does something similar).

Having fontlint from fontforge would also be nice. I guess with the
upgrade of Alioth that might be possible?

Mmm, there is also a buglet in one of the loops which results in
creating repeated subreports sometime...

I'm hoping to get some time to work on the review script but your help
is really appreciated!


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

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