Bug#399183: xserver-xorg: incorrectly calculates TrueType font metrics
Juliusz.Chroboczek at pps.jussieu.fr
Fri Sep 7 04:26:30 PDT 2007
>> This bug was introduced in revision 1.32 of ftfuncs.c in XFree86
>> CVS on 19 October 2003 by David Dawes <dawes at xfree86.org>. This
>> commit was made against my opinion (as expressed on the internal
>> XFree86 mailing list), and was one of the reasons why I resigned from
> hmm (a mailing list cite here would be useful, since the attack is
> too one-sided for my tastes)
Sorry, I don't think the archives of members@ are available. All
that's there is the commit history of ftfuncs.c, which I cited in my
> The diff appears to refer to changes by "After X-TT Project".
This is correct. The commit replaced the more error-prone parts of
the FreeType backend -- the parts that convert native font metrics
into X metrics --, with a few hundred lines of code that I do not
> Perhaps you'd like to complete the discussion by giving your opinions
> of the people who wrote the code.
Sorry, I'm not interested in ad hominem attacks.
I can give you my opinion of the code, though. Just like the X-TT code
before that, it's over-engineered but with no readily apparent flaws.
However, it's too complex for me to understand.
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