Rant about "could not open default font"

Tiago Vignatti vignatti at c3sl.ufpr.br
Mon May 19 23:45:22 PDT 2008

Matthieu Herrb escreveu:
> Yes. The problems described (except for mkfontdir error reporting) are 
> problems with the X packages in specific distributions, not a problem of 
> the default configuration shipped by X.Org.
> If people ship distributions with missing/corrupted fonts.dir, use 
> complicated paths setups with symplings all over the place or change the 
> default font path to only include xfs and don't make their X server 
> package explicitely depend on xfs, then yes they should fix it.
> The default X.Org setup doen't do such things so there's imho no need to 
>  embed the default font there.

People who ship Xorg in distributions tend to be wiser than people who 
just give a try on Xorg for fun. I presume that those who are packing 
can easily set a --disable-builtin-font while the others cannot.

Thank you,

Tiago Vignatti
C3SL - Centro de Computação Científica e Software Livre

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