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bug #60613: configure script should use our BuildFoundries.pl instead of gs -h to locate URW fonts

Submitter:  G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
Submitted:  Sun 16 May 2021 02:21:01 AM UTC
Category:  Font devpdf Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  Build/Installation Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  gbranden
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None
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Fri 24 Feb 2023 03:25:16 AM UTC, comment #3: 

Resolving this ticket would mean fixing the chicken/egg problem discussed in bug #63824.

I knew we'd talked about this somewhere before.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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Fri 24 Feb 2023 03:22:45 AM UTC, comment #2: 

Assign to correct component ("category" in Savannah-speak).

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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Mon 17 May 2021 10:42:57 PM UTC, comment #1: 


  • See if this means we no longer need to document Ghostscript as a prerequisite for PDF output (if we use gs outside of the HTML driver only to locate the URW fonts in the configure script, then this will be true).
  • See if this means we can drop our dependency on awk, simplifying some m4sh and autoconf shenanigans.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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Sun 16 May 2021 02:21:01 AM UTC, original submission:  

As part of fixing bug #60604, I enhanced our configure script to recognize newer names for the URW base 35 fonts, to improve their chances of being correctly located.

commit 39de1019dec24631f204f72a434b62a56f384b9c
Author: G. Branden Robinson <g.branden.robinson@gmail.com>
Date:   Sat May 15 09:42:01 2021 +1000

    m4/groff.m4 (GROFF_URW_FONTS): Match newer names.

    * m4/groff.m4 (GROFF_URW_FONTS): Update configure script check for URW
      fonts to recognize recent releases of the URW Base 35 fonts from
      Artifex Software.  Look for the AR (Arial roman equivalent) font under
      all of the names recognized by fonts/devpdf/Foundry.in.

    Also tighten and generalize wording of checking message; these days it
    is misleading to suggest that people must find fonts with a .pfb suffix.

However this was duplicative of Deri's efforts to do the same thing inside the Foundry.in file and BuildFoundries.pl script (both under font/devpdf).

Presumably we can call scripts already in this distribution tree from our configure script.  See if this is so, and if we can use BuildFoundries.pl's --dirURW (with any passed-in --with-urw-fonts-dir" argument) and --check options to replace part of the GROFF_URW_FONTS macro.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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