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Re: Where should the modular X11R7 fonts get installed to?

On Sun, 2005-11-06 at 17:39 +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> Le dimanche 06 novembre 2005 à 11:28 -0500, Mike A. Harris a écrit :
> > Another possible problem, is that I'm not sure if fontconfig/Xft
> > support all of the font types that are supported by the core fonts
> > system.
> Well, I for one would appreciate if all the weirdo fonts were put in
> fonts-xorg-x11-legacy, and only a minimal set needed for server startup
> was installed by default.
> In fact if we could have a legacy-free default config it would be even
> better. The "can not find fixed" problems have been plaguing users which
> had absolutely no need for fixed in the first place for years.

'fixed' has an important role as the font that is *guaranteed* to be
there on X no matter what. The user probably has no need for any
X core font other than 'fixed', but having 'fixed' there is an 
important safety net.

The obvious solution would be to compile fixed into the X server in
some fashion. It's been discussed at various points, but I don't
think anyone has ever looked into actually doing it.

Dropping XFS at this point might be a good idea .... most 'cannot find
fixed' problems are really XFS problems, and if we aren't using core
fonts for anything, we don't need a font server. But dropping XFS
would mean changing the chkfontpath system that we use for maintaining
the core X font path, and, well, that's very fragile stuff and 
intertwined with the %pre/%post in a lot of packages.

So, I think it is better to leave XFS there until nobody needs any
bitmap fonts other than fixed.


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