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[groff] 03/39: INSTALL.extra: Explain URW font optional dep.

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: [groff] 03/39: INSTALL.extra: Explain URW font optional dep.
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2022 23:53:35 -0400 (EDT)

gbranden pushed a commit to branch master
in repository groff.

commit a1b53a97da9b72f9a1b5fd36454fbb1c5b19ebb0
Author: G. Branden Robinson <>
AuthorDate: Sat Oct 8 22:13:00 2022 -0500

    INSTALL.extra: Explain URW font optional dep.
 INSTALL.extra | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/INSTALL.extra b/INSTALL.extra
index a03c08648..4ab122af9 100644
--- a/INSTALL.extra
+++ b/INSTALL.extra
@@ -128,6 +128,24 @@ requires the 'pkg-config' program to be installed on your 
system, as
 well as the library's C header files--on a package-based host system,
 this can mean installing uchardet's '-dev' or '-devel' package.
+The configure script searches for fonts originating with the URW
+foundry; these are metrically-compatible replacements for the Adobe
+PostScript Level 2 base 35 fonts required by that standard.  These URW
+fonts are packaged with Ghostscript and in various derivative versions.
+The Adobe fonts are not free software, but the replacements, named
+"Nimbus Roman", "Nimbus Sans", and "Nimbus Mono", and so forth, are.
+The PostScript standard and early versions of the PDF standard assumed
+that these base fonts will be supplied by the rendering device (a
+printer or PDF viewer).  Nowadays the PDF standard expects all fonts to
+be embedded in the document; if groff's gropdf(1) output driver knows
+where to find these fonts, you can use its "-e" option for this purpose.
+The configure script populates a "Foundry" file that tells gropdf where
+they reside after searching in several common locations.  If you have
+multiple versions of the URW fonts available on your system, or the
+configure script cannot locate them on its own, use its
+"--with-urw-fonts-dir" option to tell the script where to find them.  If
+you never use groff to generate PostScript or PDF documents, you can
+ignore any output from the configure script about URW fonts.

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