[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#664643: Bug#664643: fonts-droid: Please package a recent git snapshot

Jon Severinsson jon at severinsson.net
Wed Mar 21 08:18:37 UTC 2012

måndagen den 19 mars 2012 18.17.38 skrev  Paul Wise:
> On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM, Jon Severinsson wrote:
> > Google (upstream) has released several improvements to this package since
> > the 20101110 git snapshot currently shipped by Debian.
> > 
> > I'm attaching my local packaging based on the upstream android-4.0.3_r1
> > release (containing all the latest improvements).
> The reason I didn't do that when I did my recent upload was that we
> don't have an automated way to create a new tarball from the Android
> git repo, nor to automatically check for new versions. Would you be
> able to help with those?
> For the first one we need a script/get-orig-source target that
> automatically creates a tarball from upstream stuff.

Well, upstream are keeping several unrelated fonts, as well as distro-specific 
configuration, in the same directory, and tends to add and rename files 
periodically, as well as keep obsolete files in place. Honestly I believe 
keeping such a script up-to-date would be more work than simply creating the 
.orig.tar.bz2 manually each time.

> For the second one, the Droid fonts folks need to provide versioned
> tarballs on their website. I guess it will be hard to contact them and
> or convince them to do that though.

Yes, I have pretty much ruled that one out too. It seams the Droid authors are 
doing it on the cheep for Google because they get to *sell* the font to 
others. They are unlikely to be very interested in making it easier for others 
to download the font for free...

> Would you like to join the fonts team?

I'm really only interested in Droid and DejaVu, and DejaVu are already managed 
just fine by you guys (thanks btw), so I'm afraid not.

Best Regards
Jon Severinsson

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