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bug #58036: Feature request: consistent "download" format

Submitted by:  Dave <barx>
Submitted on:  Tue 24 Mar 2020 09:59:45 AM UTC  
Category:  Device - others Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  New feature Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None

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Tue 24 Mar 2020 09:59:45 AM UTC, original submission:  

In a post to the groff email list, Tadziu notes some quirks of the "download" files for different devices (typically installed in /usr/share/groff/current/font/dev*/download):

grops (devps) is okay with

Symbol path/to/Symbol.pfa

but gropdf (devpdf) requires tabs as field separators
(see the gropdf manual page):


where <tab> is an actual tab character.

grops wants .pfa files (which you can create from .pfb files
using pfbtops) and requires _relative_ paths, but for gropdf
[an absolute path] also appears to work

These differences seem capricious and unnecessary, serving only to trip up unwary users.  Ideally all "download" files would use a consistent format; for maximum flexibility, it would allow both kinds of white space, and both kinds of pathnames.

Dave <barx>
Project Member


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