[Pkg-fonts-devel] Packaging Shavian fonts and RiordonFancy

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Sun Feb 20 14:12:10 UTC 2011

Quoting Thomas Thurman (thomas at thurman.org.uk):
> There are some free fonts I would like to use on my Debian system. Of course,
> I could install them manually, but I would rather like to package them so
> other people can use them. Therefore, I thought I would send this email
> as an exploration before any more formal ITP process.
> I am familiar with .deb packaging, but I have not packaged fonts before.
> Is there some guide I should be familiar with, or should I just go ahead
> and package them how I see fit-- according to the general packaging
> guidelines, of course, and having dissected existing font files to
> to see precedent?

Thanks for asking. You probably hit the right door..:-).

What I suggest is joining the team, look at fonts we already have in
our SVN repository and, as you write, take them as examples for
packaging (packaging fonts is very easy nowadays...most of the time
debian/rules is a one-liner).

> 1) Four fonts which cover the Shavian range in Unicode (U+10450-U+1047F).
> Three are sans-serif and one is serif. This range, to my knowledge, is
> not supported by any font currently available in Debian. These files

At least non on my system as the Wikipedia page is full of squares in

> were created by Philip Driscoll and placed by him in the public domain.
> (They do however have the "do not modify" flag turned on in the TTF file;
> I intend to turn this off before packaging.) I intend to package all
> four together in the same package.
> 2) The font "RiordonFancy", a stylised fantasy font created by my
> daughter Riordon Turner.  You can see it here:
> http://blogs.gnome.org/tthurman/2008/12/31/riordonfancy-v3/
> The licence is the OFL. It has been packaged in Fedora for a while.

If it is provided in source (maybe Fontforge source, please consider
building them from source).

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