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Re: [RFA] Your [PACKAGE_NAME] did not pass QA

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM, repo-font-audit
<nicolas mailhot gmail com> wrote:
> Dear packager,


> To stop receiving this message, you need to:
> 1. drop the font files or fix their packaging;
> 2. relay the fonts issues to the fonts upstream to get them revised;
> 3. work with the code upstream to improve the way it accesses font
>   files (usually by making it use fontconfig through a higher-level
>   text library such as pango, pango-cairo, harfbuzz, or QT)

I maintain multiple packages that use core fonts.  I do not have the
expertise to migrate those packages, all of which are large and
complex, to a new font system.  I have neither the time nor the
interest to gain that expertise.  The upstreams, save one, have
expressed 0 interest in doing that work themselves.  The one that has
expressed interest, XEmacs, currently has a half-baked fontconfig/Xft
implementation that is stalled because the programmers that started it
went on to other things without finishing it.  So it appears to me
that this message is really saying:

1) I'm going to nag you forever about a problem you can't fix.
2) There is no way to make me stop nagging you.

I want a switch that says, "Yes, I know this application uses core
fonts.  It isn't going to change.  Shut up, please."
Jerry James, who thought he was doing the Fedora community a favor
when he rescued gcl from the bit bin

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