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Re: Would it be reasonable to list the fonts that are available by defau
G. Branden Robinson
Re: Would it be reasonable to list the fonts that are available by default in groff?
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 07:59:52 +1000
At 2021-07-15T22:58:41+0200, Wim Stockman wrote:
> Actually I don't think that is necessary. We could basically write a
> macro that installs on the fly a system available font for groff.
> Using the possibility to run an external script from within groff I m
> sure it is possible to install the font on the fly. Running Peter
> font-install script. Using the site-font directory so you don't need
> root access.
> Don't you think ?
I think you're raising an orthogonal concern.
Accessing the file system like this would require the use of unsafe
requests, which people would understandably shy away from.
What I think we need is to absorb Peter's font installer into groff,
give it a man page, make sure it works for a preponderance of expected
scenarios, and so forth. I'd do it, but I haven't had the spoons.
But none of this really has to do with making the _existing_ output
drivers accurately document what they support as shipped, or whether
we're adequately informing the users of the place of font description
files in the groff system as a whole.
I should probably mention that back at the end of May I already updated
the introduction to the groff_font(5) page and its corresponding Texinfo
manual node. Do you think that this is an improvement on groff
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