Bug 158150 - should tetex-xdvi require fonts-japanese package?
should tetex-xdvi require fonts-japanese package?
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: tetex (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jindrich Novy
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Reported: 2005-05-19 01:44 EDT by Jef Spaleta
Modified: 2013-07-02 19:07 EDT (History)
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Description Jef Spaleta 2005-05-19 01:44:36 EDT
Description of problem:
fonts-japanese package is pretty large 20+ megs
is it really necessary to make that a hard requirement for 829k tetex-xdvi
package?  I realize that access to multi-lingual support is important.. but is
it really wise to hardcode language specific fonts into individual application
packages?

If xdvi supported arabic, hebrew, korean and bengali.. would you also put hard
deps on those font packages in a similar way? 

I think application packaging has to rely on language specific fonts to be
installed on the system instead of placing hard requirements.  Multilingual
support that was enforced at the application package level across a number of
packages like xdvi is doing leads to all language fonts being installed on all
systems to satify packaging requirements.  

-jef

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Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2005-05-19 03:48:32 EDT
Yes, I agree the requirement is rather hard, but it's tricky not to require
fonts-japanese because of the fact the Japanese language is enabled by default
in spec and its support (not only for xdvi) is pointless without installed
Japanese fonts.

IMHO the solution to this problem is to separate japanese support from the pure
tetex package and add tetex-ja subpackage with the fonts-japanese requirement.
Comment 2 Orion Poplawski 2005-11-21 16:07:14 EST
Does it fail to run/render non-Japanese output without fonts-japanese?  If not,
I don't see the reason for the requirement.
Comment 3 Jindrich Novy 2006-06-24 15:02:19 EDT
fonts-japanese dependency was removed since tetex-3.0-26.

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