[Pkg-fonts-devel] How to change the font package name

Francesca Ciceri madamezou at zouish.org
Sat Apr 5 13:35:53 UTC 2014

Hi all,

I have a couple of questions about how to change the package name of a
font to respect the team name policy.
Feel free to point me to a link if it's already explained somewhere!

The package I'm working with it's gw-fonts-ttf: this source package
provide the binary ttf-georgewilliams which provides this fonts:


According to [1], it should be renamed as fonts-<name> or
I guess in this case it should be fonts-georgewilliams.

1. Do I have to rename only the source package? Or also the binary? And
in this case: how do I do it, and what is the suggested name?

2. Changing the name of the package means, if I'm not wrong, to also
create a dummy package with the old name in order to provide a gentle
transition. Is it ok to follow "Method 2" in this page [2] or is a
preferred method to do it with fonts?

3. Do I have to change also the repository name? And if so, how do I do

Ok, I think that's all about names :)

Thanks again for your patience, I'm learning a lot from your replies!


[1]  https://wiki.debian.org/Fonts/PackagingPolicy
[2] https://wiki.debian.org/Renaming_a_Package
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inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space."
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