[Pkg-fonts-devel] open-font-design-toolkit is marked for autoremoval from testing

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Wed Nov 5 18:27:55 UTC 2014

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On 11/05/2014 05:57 PM, Daniel Glassey wrote:
> On Tue, May 06, 2014 at 02:25:32PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
>> Quoting Nicolas Spalinger (2014-05-06 13:45:44)
>>> On 06/05/14 06:32, Christian PERRIER wrote:
>>>> Quoting Nicolas Spalinger (nicolas_spalinger at sil.org):
>>>>> On 28/04/14 05:39, Debian testing autoremoval watch wrote:
>>>>>> open-font-design-toolkit 1.5 is marked for autoremoval from testing on 2014-05-27
>>>>>> It (build-)depends on packages with these RC bugs:
>>>>>> 744698: fontmatrix: [fontmatrix] [DFSG] missing source
>>>>> Upstream fontmatrix sources have moved to
>>>>> https://github.com/fontmatrix/fontmatrix
>>>>> Can someone please help prevent this autoremoval?
>>>> I'm somehow "tracking" this issue, but the real fix is in the
>>>> fontmatrix package.
>>>> I actually wonder whether it is really a good idea to *depend* on
>>>> packages. We should maybe only *recommend* this in order to avoid
>>>> o-f-d-t to be in danger as soon as one of the packages in the toolkit
>>>> is RC-buggy in the distribution.
>>>> So, the fix might be "s/Depends:/Recommends:"
>>> Since this is intended to be a meta-package (an empty package which 
>>> pulls in various other packages) what would work best?
>> I believe this is best:
>>   * Use "Depends:" generally, and keep the list up-to-date.
>>   * Use "Recommendends:" if available only on a subset of Debian 
>>     architectures.
> Hello fonts folks,
> Does anyone have any plans to get open-font-design-toolkit into a state for release in jessie?
> Currently it is blocked on RC bugs in fontmatrix (missing sources) and zpb-ttf (maintainers email 
> address fails).
> Would it be sufficient to "Recommends:" on those? Or would it be necessary to remove the dependencies 
> on those for the package that goes in jessie?
> zpb-ttf is effectively orphaned so I could upload a package to change maintainer to the team. But the 
> version 0.7-2 is way behind the current version 1.0.3 . Would we really want 0.7 in jessie? I think we 
> should just remove the dependency and upload zpb-ttf with changed maintainer to experimental.
> I think it is worth trying to sort out the missing sources for fontmatrix and fix that RC bug.
> Regards,
> Daniel

Hi Daniel, 

Thanks for looking into this! 
It would be great to have this package available in Jessie.

I agree that removing the dependencies to cl-zpb-ttf is a good idea. 
And just moving fontmatrix to Recommends:

I have lacked the time to properly take care of this (meta)package. Sorry about that. 
But I have compiled a more complete list of tools to help with open font design on http://ofdk.open-fonts.org/ 


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