[PATCH app-xfs 2/3] doc: remove pdf target for developer's doc

Michael Cree mcree at orcon.net.nz
Thu Jan 21 13:18:08 PST 2010

On 21/01/2010, at 11:16 AM, Rémi Cardona wrote:
> Le 20/01/2010 21:41, Michael Cree a écrit :
>> Hope you don't mind a question from a user who is running xfs:  What
>> replaces xfs?  Should we now be running some other application for
>> font serving?
> Please see this thread [1] in Gentoo's bugzilla for more info, I'm  
> sure
> your questions have all been asked there.

Thanks, that is very helpful

The problem is that we are running a modern application, namely the  
commercial package Mathematica, that would appear to require server  
side font rendering.  It comes with its own set of maths fonts that  
are installed with the application on a high powered server that is  
behind locked doors.  Users access it with any of Xwin32 on MS Windows  
PCs (the most likely), thin clients, X on a Mac, or a Linux desktop.   
Mathematica crashes or locks up if the X-server doesn't have access to  
the maths fonts (ain't that nice!).  The easiest solution up to now  
has been to run xfs, except for X on Mac OS X for which we have to  
install the fonts on every user's Mac, which is problematic because we  
can't predict who might try to run Mathematica and abandons it without  
informing IT support when it does not work.

I guess the solution is:

1) Write to Wolfram to advise them to fix their program.

2) When xfs is finally gone, and assuming Wolfram hasn't got its A  
into G, install the maths fonts on every possible machine that someone  
might be connecting from.  A PITA, if I may say, when xfs was such an  
efficient and easy solution (from the point of view of IT  


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