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Re: LibreOffice Fonts

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: LibreOffice Fonts
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:48:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

Hello Tom,

Tom Balzer <address@hidden> skribis:

> Recently I installed libreoffice in my user profile, and found that all
> menus require the package 'font-gnu-freetype-ttf' in order to render
> correctly. Without this package, every character was rendered as a
> rectangle indicating a missing font.

Every character in the body of the text, or every character in the UI?

> From the manuals description of 'propagated-inputs', it seems like
> this font package would fit the use case:
>> Lastly, ‘propagated-inputs’ is similar to ‘inputs’, but the
>> specified packages will be automatically installed alongside
>> the package they belong to (*note ‘guix package’:
>> package-cmd-propagated-inputs, for information on how ‘guix
>> package’ deals with propagated inputs.)
>> For example this is necessary when a C/C++ library needs
>> headers of another library to compile, or when a pkg-config
>> file refers to another one via its ‘Requires’ field.
> I asked on #guix, and one argument against including fonts in propagated
> inputs is to avoid packaging the font when 'pack'ing for another
> system. This to me is really an argument for including the fonts, since
> there is no guarantee that the other system is 'rational', so to
> speak. To create totally portable packages I would think including this
> font required to render the menus would make sense.

I think it’s a borderline case.  In a sense, the font is additional
material used as input by LO (and indeed LO is much less useful without
it, but it’s still LO), though I can also understand the other argument.

My current inclination would be the status quo.  Otherwise we’d have to
worry about fonts and artwork for Abiword, Inkscape, etc. as well.



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