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Re: LibreOffice Fonts

From: ng0
Subject: Re: LibreOffice Fonts
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:05:04 +0000

Ludovic Courtès transcribed 1.8K bytes:
> 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.
> Thoughts?
> Ludo’.

What about an fontcache-service that basically
is mcron running daily "fc-cache -f"
or even "fc-cache -fr"?

That would be the closest to a post-setup hook
refreshing font caches like people could be used
to from Archlinux etc.
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