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

Steve White stevan.white at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 8 10:14:52 UTC 2012

Hi Fabian,

It seems that we have a difference in perspective.

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM, Fabian Greffrath <fabian at greffrath.com> wrote:
> Am 08.03.2012 07:26, schrieb Christian PERRIER:
>> These scripts are not meant to build the whole font. Their purpose is
> Sorry my friend, but this is not completely right. ;)
> The script debian/scripts/convertfonts.sh is used in the override_dh_install
> rule in debian/rules to actually build all the fonts.
You are free to build FreeFont any way you like, of course.

The TrueType and OpenType binaries *intended by the FreeFont people*
are provided in packages.
They are built from the scripts at the FreeFont site.  Those scripts
set various FontForge options, and perform hinting, etc.  If you don't
do these properly, the font will not behave as intended *by the
FreeFont developers*.

I know little of how Debian actually goes about making packages.
However, I was in contact with some Debian volunteers a few years ago,
and at the time, they understood the intended process.   I assume the
Debian scripts incorporate the FreeFont scripts somehow.  (I've never

But again, to build FreeFont as intended by FreeFont developers, one
should use the build scripts in SVN.

Now I've re-considered the SFD packaging.  As I said, I had always
just followed precedent, but I think those tarballs would make better
sense if they included all the build scripts.  So in the upcoming
release, you will be able to build the binaries *as intended by us* by
running 'make' from within the SFD package.

Thanks for your input!

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