[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#756456: Apply to debian fonts task force

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Mon Aug 4 10:43:22 UTC 2014

Quoting Vasudev Kamath (2014-08-04 05:30:53) [at Bug#754926]
> There is a wishlist bug requesting to split it into families, I'm not 
> sure if we really want to do it, It probably lead to one source 
> containing 28+ binary packages!. Since upstream doesn't ship 
> individual families still I thought of waiting. What do you think?

If the source of all fonts bundled as fonts-noto is truly the same, then 
it makes good sense to me to continue redistribute in Debian as a single 
source package as we do now.

If additionally the size of the bundle becomes 400+MB then it makes good 
sense to me to split into multiple binary packages.

If, however, the upstream really is a bundling of sources actually 
developed elsewhere, then preferrably we should track those other 
sources directly - and eventually (if there is any benefit for Debian in 
doing so) keep the fonts-noto package as a metapackage pulling in all 
those other packages which together becomes same as what Google calls 
the "noto" bundle of fonts.

In other words: I see no need to wait for upstream to split into 
multiple sub-parts - upstream may not have same needs as Debian for 

 - Jonas

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