[PATCH app-xfs 2/3] doc: remove pdf target for developer's doc
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  in Gentoo's bugzilla for more info, I'm
> 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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