[Pkg-fonts-devel] New conf.avail path causes a minor bug on many fonts packages.

Vasudev Kamath kamathvasudev at gmail.com
Wed Dec 18 03:39:23 UTC 2013

Hi Bubu,

On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:58 AM, BubuXP <bubuxp at gmail.com> wrote:
> Some fonts like Cantarell, DejaVu and Droid comes with optimized
> Fontconfig configuration files. Those files stay in
> /etc/fonts/conf.avail/ and are enabled with a symlink to
> /etc/fonts/conf.d/
> Recently, Fontconfig has changed the conf.avail/ path to
> /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/ (conf.d/ remains the same) but all
> the fonts packages are still using the old path.

Looks like this change is already in Debian as part of 2.10, thanks
for bringing this to our notice. Definitely this needs to be reflected
in all font packages that ship fontconfig xml's. But again I'm not
sure if fontconfig Debian package is configured to handle both
locations or only new locations.

> Should I open 3 identical bug reports for the 3 fonts with the bug
> that I have on my system (cited above), or the Debian Fonts Task Force
> (cool name btw:) will handle this after reading this message?
> Or there is something else I should do?

I think the best thing would be to patch the lintian to emit serious
warning when package installs conf files to /etc/fonts/conf.avail, as
this is the best way to handle so many fonts which we maintain.

Any other suggestions from the team?


Vasudev Kamath

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