[Pkg-fonts-devel] Package naming preference for non-ttf formats (eg. PSF)

Paul Sladen pkg-fonts at paul.sladen.org
Fri Jul 15 08:53:55 UTC 2011

Hello all,

I'd like some advice on binary package naming for bitmap fonts.

The Ubuntu Font Family is still in its initial bootstrapping phase,
with the body of the work for the first five scripts and thirteen
fonts being lead primarily by Dalton Maag and released by Canonical.

Yesterday I got back the first beta of 'Ubuntu Mono Regular' with
manual hinting instructions: this opens up the door to rendering these
to black-and-white 8x16 bitmap forms for use on the console, grub,
bterm et al.

Each of these has a custom bitmap font format, most of which are
generated first by exporting to BDF, and then converting again, eg. to
PSF in the case of 'setfont' and the Linux console.

Currently the binary TTF package is 'ttf-ubuntu-font-family' and my
plan was to make the source package generate a second binary; perhaps
'psf-ubuntu-mono-font-family'.  Does this make sense?  Does it fit
with the current naming scheme?  Can anyone suggest a preferred idea?


1. "Wishlist: Enable use of Ubuntu Mono as .psf console-setup font"

2.  The source is 'ubuntu-font-family-sources' per Nicolas' advice,
    which is from before the renaming scheme started.

3.  PSF installing to '/usr/share/consolefonts/*.psf'

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