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Re: Splitting off Feta
Re: Splitting off Feta
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 15:01:49 +0100
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One issue that comes to my mind is how to make the fonts and TeX
header files available to teTeX. So far, we have done it by setting
up a separate texmf/ tree with all these files and adding it to the
teTeX search tree by setting TEXMF. If we split into separate
distributions, we would have to take care of two separate texmf/
file trees (at least with the current naming convention with the
release number in the directory name). Even though we can just
duplicate the current solution, I can still think of several
Also, one version of the fonts mostly works together with some
other version of LilyPond, but I can think of several occasions
where an update involved changes to both the program and the fonts
so both had to be updated together.
One step in the direction you outline would be for the package
maintainers to split into two RPMs or two Debian packages. However,
it needs some extra job to make sure to keep the dependencies
up to date. For the Debian package, the teTeX integration is
already done by linking the files into the ordinary texmf/ tree,
so that's not a problem.
Ferenc Wagner wrote:
I think better separating the font stuff from the main
distribution would have the following advantages:
1. Tracking LilyPond development would be easier for the
non-uber-hackers due to
a) shorter build times and
b) less build dependencies.
2. Creating and distributing development branch packages
would be easier for the (non-uber-hacker) packagers for
the same a) reason.
3. Downloading development packages would require less
4. Storing packages for various architectures would require
much less storage space in the distribution archives and
their mirrors (this issue has already been raised by
Debian, which hosts the most architectures AFAIK. The
lilypond-doc package also goes in this direction.)
So I'd like to hear your word:
1. Is this split feasible at all, ie. are the fonts really
2. Are you willing to move them in a separate repository and
issue separate release notes?
3. Have you got a better idea how this should be done instead?
4. Can you think of any related issues?
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