[Pkg-fonts-devel] question on fonts packaging

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Fri Jul 29 07:46:35 UTC 2011

Quoting Olivier Sallou (olivier.sallou at irisa.fr):
> Hi, 
> I have packaged a software (upstream) which contains a few fonts (free). 
> I have a look if I could package the fonts that the software use. 
> However I have a few questions on Debian fonts, as I have no knowledge at all on fonts creation etc... 
> 1) Should "source" fonts be included in the package, and compiled, or ttf files are ok in source package? (I really don't know how to create the ttf). 

Not  compiling source fonts (such as .sfd files) is OK. TTF files are
considered to be possible to modify anyway. Of course, if you can
include a build system that starts from the original source files,
then fine (assuming that the builkd path uses free tools).

> 2) where can I find the debian font team package policy and where is alioth system for fonts? 

The font packaging policy which you'll find on wiki.deiban.org is
*outdated*. Don't use it.

We haven't, yet, any big packaging policy. A document about packages
naming is underway, but that's all. Basically, the point is calling
fonts packages as "font-([foo]-)bar, where foo (optional) is the
foundry name and bar is the font name.

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