bugGNU troff - Bugs: bug #55300, URW fonts issues in Groff 1.22.4

 
 

bug #55300: URW fonts issues in Groff 1.22.4

Submitted by:  Eli Zaretskii <eliz>
Submitted on:  Thu 27 Dec 2018 05:21:26 PM UTC  
 
Category:  Core Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Build/Installation Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None

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Thu 27 Dec 2018 05:21:26 PM UTC, original submission:  

If one doesn't have URW fonts installed, the Groff configure script emits the following message:

     configure:
       No URW fonts in .pfb format were found on your system, URW fonts
       generation for 'devpdf' will not work properly.  These fonts can be
       downloaded here:

http://downloads.ghostscript.com/public/fonts/urw-base35-v1.10.zip

       By default groff will search these fonts in the paths given by `gs
       -h' and in these 2 default directories:
       '/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/' and
       '/opt/local/share/fonts/urw-fonts/' (paths used by
       font/devpdf/Foundry.in).  You can also pass the option
       '--with-urw-fonts-dir=DIR' to 'configure' to set a custom path.  You
       would need to re-run the 'configure' script after installing these
       fonts.

First, the URL is outdated: it yields 404.

More importantly, the configure script insists on using GhostScript, even if one finds and installs the fonts, and then invokes the configure script with '--with-urw-fonts-dir=DIR'.  If GhostScript is indeed required, it should be mentioned in the above text.

Eli Zaretskii <eliz>

 

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