[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#736208: Bug#736208: Bug#736208: Bug#736208: fonts-oflb-asana-math: please remove texlive-xetex from Recommends

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Tue Jan 21 10:29:47 UTC 2014

Quoting Khaled Hosny (2014-01-21 11:06:14)
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 08:10:43AM +0100, Christian PERRIER wrote:
>> Quoting Bob Bib (bobbibmpn at mail.ua):
>>> please remove 'texlive-xetex' from "Recommends:", as it's not 
>>> required to have any TeX system installed by default to use a font.
>>> (Probaly, the correct relation is "Suggests:" or "Enhances:").
>> You're entirely right. I dropped the relationshio completely as this 
>> was, imho, an abuse of package relationship. I see no reason to 
>> enforce, or even suggest a TeX-like system on people who just install 
>> a font package. Even a very weak relationship is abusive, imho.
> It is an OpenType math font, the only applications in Debian that can 
> use its full potential are XeTeX and LuaTeX :) (though this is 
> changing, as Firefox is working on supporting these fonts).

This is an issue of _direction_ of relationship:

A font does not "need" a rendering environment. It is the other way 

Similar to libraries not needing executables, and plugins not needing 
what they plug into.

Correct thing to do here, I believe, is to mark the font package as 
"Enhances: texlive-xetex", as suggested by Bob.

 - Jonas

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