[Pkg-fonts-devel] Amiri 0.106 fails to build on Debian

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Wed Jun 5 13:47:10 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jun 05, 2013 at 09:12:33PM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM, أحمد المحمودي wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 05, 2013 at 02:51:28PM +0200, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> >> On Wed, Jun 05, 2013 at 02:27:35PM +0200, أحمد المحمودي wrote:
> >> > Failed to find NameList: AGL For New Fonts
> >>
> >> […]
> >>
> >> > AttributeError: 'fontforge.font' object has no attribute 'addMarkClass'
> >>
> >> You will need the latest (unreleased?) FontForge or better Sorts Mill
> >> Tools (since I don’t use FontForge anymore and have no idea how they
> >> screwed it). Just using the distributed TTF files is the your safest
> >> option, if you want my opinion.
> > ---end quoted text---
> >
> >   Pkg-fonts team: I will cease to build Amiri font from source, and just
> >   use the distributed TTF files.
> >
> >   Any comments before I upload ?
> Sorts Mill Tools are already in Debian.

Not the old Sorts Mill Tools, but this:

> I would suggest continuing to build from source. We don't accept FTBFS
> bugs in software and we should not accept them in fonts either.

Just pretend the "source" does not exist, I don't see Debian rejecting
fonts that are distributed as TTF files only.

Building fonts from source using FontForge has never been a reliable
procedure, and unless you intend to verify that the built fonts are
identical to the distributed ones (with the reasonable limits, of
course), you shouldn't be doing it since you gain absolutely nothing (it
is not like I can sneak in a backdor in a font file).


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