[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#662924: ttf-freefont: What is Untitled1.ttf?

Vasudev Kamath kamathvasudev at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 03:46:39 UTC 2012


I'm adding the reply from the upstream author Steve (cced) which were
in private mail. Also ccing my friend Santhosh who is maintaining most
of Malayalam fonts While replying please keep them in CC


>Yes, I do know.  It is an accident.

>I had pulled the Malayalam letters (derived from Rachana 04) out of
>FreeSans, due to the conflicts being discussed at that time with the
>Swathanthra Malayalam Computing project.  I put them in this
>Malayalam.sfd file in the same directory, and it seems, forgot about
>it, and when I built the package it got pulled in.

>I only noticed myself a few months ago, and had hoped nobody else noticed.

>A new release should be available soon, with the Malayalam properly in
>the font face.

>As to what to do about the old version, our policy has been to leave
>them as they are, as a matter of historical integrity.

>What do you think?

One more mail from Steve. Also I'm trying to answer steve here itself.
Chrisitian can you please correct me if I'm wrong as I'm not
maintaining ttf-freefonts

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM, Santhosh Thottingal
<santhosh.thottingal at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Vasudev, Can you ask this in Debian fonts list?
>> Steve, Vasudev knows better about the debian font packaging. I hope
>> they can find a solution for packaging.
>> Alternatively, is it possible to do a minor version tarball release,
>> by just removing the sfd from older version?

>Yes, I could (and may anyway) remove the stray Malayalam sfd.

>However Vasudev, I wonder what you're doing with the SFD version.

According to the policy of fonts team in Debian whenever we have
source of a font we will try to build them
while creating the package.

>If you're building FreeFont, you have to follow specific steps: these
>are all in the
>Makefiles and build scripts included in the SVN. These get all the
>hinting etc. settings right.
>If you don't build it correctly, it won't look right or work correctly.

Umm not sure how it is actually built but by looking at the package
source I see they are using some scripts which are located here


Are these the same scripts as present in the upstream SVN?

>These scripts are not included in the SFD package.  (Now that I think
>about it, I wonder what the
>original intent of the SFD tarball was...I have just been following precedent.)

If these are not the original script may be if you can release SFD
tarball with these scripts. It should be
easy to rebuild the package

>Could you please explain what exactly you're trying to accomplish?

I'm not the maintainer of the ttf-freefonts but I found the bug on the
list and since Malayalm was involved I forwarded it to santhos :).


Vasudev Kamath

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