Proposal to deprecate CID

Stefan Dirsch sndirsch at
Thu Nov 9 02:21:14 PST 2006

On Thu, Nov 09, 2006 at 11:47:42AM +0200, Daniel Stone wrote:
> Hi,
> Per bug #5553[0], I'd like to see if there's any way we could manage to
> remove CID support from libXfont, and also mkcfm.  Distributing CID
> support, as mentioned there, has made both Debian, and the lawyer at
> work, quite unhappy for the indemnification clause, and for the
> 'important legal notice' bit, which seems to place a
> very-hard-to-follow, BSD-with-advertising-clause-alike, restriction on
> redistribution.
> Is there anyone out there who still uses CID?  I couldn't find any CID
> fonts in Debian[1], and I don't know that it's support we still need to
> be shipping, given the legal caveats.  If there are no objections, I'll
> push the code removal through for 7.3.

I've added a comment to the bugreport. For your convenience:

"I can't comment on the legal issue, but from a technical perspective
CID font rendering is currently broken anyway (most likely since
several releases). See Novell Bugzilla #209394. I think the last time
it worked was XFree86 4.4.0 RC2 or something like that. And even
before at most times it didn't work. Maybe Mike wants to comment on
the importance of CID font rendering. SUSE/Novell is still shipping
CID-keyed fonts."


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