[Pkg-fonts-devel] FontForge Copyright Metadata

Frank Trampe frank.trampe at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 16:01:59 UTC 2014

Hi, all.

We're eager to see FontForge appropriately packaged for Debian in the near
future. Unfortunately, our work on features and bugs (fixing them, not
making them) leaves us very little additional manpower for finishing some
of the more problematic tasks. Specifically, the debian/copyright file is
rather complicated due to the many things included in FontForge, and it's
likely that somebody with experience writing those might be much more
efficient than one of our team members. Is there anybody who might be
willing to help us to put the finishing touches on the Debian metadata and
to confirm its compliance with Debian standards?

For anybody interested, the code is on GitHub (
http://github.com/fontforge/fontforge), with the debian templates (adapted
from the previous Debian release) in Packaging/debian/cp-src. We generate
Ubuntu/Launchpad packages with {
./bootstrap; ./configure; make F_METADATA_REGENERATE=1
UBUNTU_RELEASE=precise deb-src;
}. I imagine that the correct commands for Debian would be {
./bootstrap; ./configure; make F_METADATA_REGENERATE=1
}. There is a separate target deb-src-control that just generates the
debian directory. The packaging logic is in pkg.mk (which also generates
the fake changelog for minor releases).

Best wishes,

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