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Re: [groff] 1.22.4.rc4 - Final RC before official 1.22.4

From: Ingo Schwarze
Subject: Re: [groff] 1.22.4.rc4 - Final RC before official 1.22.4
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2018 01:53:48 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.8.0 (2017-02-23)

Hi Deri,

Deri wrote on Sun, Dec 09, 2018 at 12:30:14AM +0000:
> On Saturday, 8 December 2018 23:52:04 GMT Bertrand Garrigues wrote:

>> I can't judge if it would be easy or not to work around this problem (I
>> let Deri comment on that), but I agree that it's probably not worth
>> spending too much time on it.

> I'm sure there are alternative workarounds, but I'm wondering if the 
> ghostscript fonts are equally ancient, I'm not certain, but I believe at some 
> time in the past the fonts were the .pfa type and so are not binary and a 
> different code path is used in gropdf.

Ralph Corderoy suggested using


instead of 


and that works for me on OpenBSD, Debian Jessie, Solaris 11, 10, and 9.

So if you consider that reasonable, it's OK with me if you push a change
to use 'V' rather than 'L<'.

Admittedly, the mnemonic value of 'VAX' is weaker than 'long
little-endian', so if you want to, maybe add a comment that 'V'
works on the ancient Perl 5.8.4 which is still found on Solaris 9,
while 'L<' does not, such that you can later modernize the idiom
once you decide that you no longer want to support Solaris 9.


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