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Re: texlive-2009 breakage?



Hi Nicolas,

On Thu, Nov 05, 2009 at 10:08:08AM +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> 
> 
> Le Jeu 5 novembre 2009 09:26, Jindrich Novy a écrit :
> 
> Hi Jindrich,
> 
> > It is good to hear from you because I have a proposal for the
> > modification of macros.fonts in the "fontpackages". The reason is that
> > I had to manually hack it in order to let the TeX Live auto-generation
> > pass.
> >
> > The problem is that TeX Live provides a package "Asana-Math" which
> > provides couple of fonts. Note that there are upper case letters in
> > the name.
> 
> Using lowercase is part of the fonts packaging guidelines. If we wanted to use
> font names as-is we'd have to authorize utf-8 package names (with codepoints
> outside the basic latin block), since font names are not necessarily basic
> latin (and in fact we *already* have several fonts in the distro with unicode
> names). Since FESCO decided unicode package names were a no-go, we frob
> package names completely fonts side and also lowercase them (as Debian, Suse,
> etc do; mixed case packages do not work on windows servers and FAT flash keys
> and are a nuisance for users). Lastly many upstreams do not use consistent
> casing for their font names (depending on the naming layer you look at) and
> for that reason fontconfig has to lowercase font names by default before
> processing (though it has to accept unicode names, and lowercases them
> according to unicode rules).
> 
> Besides Asana is already packaged Fedora-side using the most recent upstream
> version IIRC.
> 
> > Patch to fix macros.fonts is attached.
> 
> I really do not wish to allow a case that goes against current font packaging
> guidelines all our font packages already respect (since, as you noted, it does
> not work if they don't).
> 

Ok, thanks for the background. First I thought it is an unintentional
mistake, it makes sense now. It would be better if the TL package
generator handles the Asana fonts in a special way since there is only one such
problematic package in the whole TeX Live distribution.

Jindrich

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Jindrich Novy <jnovy redhat com>   http://people.redhat.com/jnovy/


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