#87 t1lib to libfreetype2 transition

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Paul Vojta
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2013-04-05
2012-03-26
Norbert Preining
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Dear all,
it seems that t1lib is not developed anymore, and distributions are starting to drop t1lib completely, which will create problems for xdvi in the long run. See for example the following to links:
http://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/source-package/t1lib
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=637040

Is there any chance that a transition to libfreetype2 is going to happen?

Thanks a lot

Norbert
(TeX Live team and Debian Dev for TeX Live)

Discussion

  • Paul Vojta
    Paul Vojta
    2012-04-01

    It's in the works. For some time I've had freetype2 support in an unreleased version of plain xdvi, but there were some things that I wanted to add before releasing it.

    So this should happen in the near future. But not before the code freeze for TL 2012 :-)

     
  • Hi

    Good to hear, thanks. I guess we have to wait.

    BTW, have you been contacted concerning inclusion of Japanese support (pxdvi)? They also included some changes for freetype2, so it might be useful to do all in one go, if you agree to merge the pxdvi patches. I can send you all of them, they are in my tlptexlive repository and build script.

    Thanks

    Norbert

     
  • Hi Petr,

    is there any progress here? As said, I have several patches that were written for pxdvi (the Japanese variant) that implement freetype2 support already.

    How is it with TeX Live 2013 ...?

    Let me know if you need anything.

    Norbert

     
  • Paul Vojta
    Paul Vojta
    2013-03-05

    I am still committed to adding freetype2 support, and will have it ready in time for TL 2013.

    I've been busy with work lately and haven't touched xdvi since last summer, but things are less busy now, and I plan to return to xdvi this week.

     
  • Paul Vojta
    Paul Vojta
    2013-03-05

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  • Hi Paul,
    thanks a lot, that are good news. But be warned that the TeX Live source freeze is upcoming. Would be great, though!

    If you need any testing, let me know.

    Norbert

     
  • Paul Vojta
    Paul Vojta
    2013-03-31

    A beta version of xdvik that uses freetype2 instead of t1lib has now been committed to the CVS repository.

     
  • Great news! I will surely try to include them in experimental packages for debian and see how it goes!

     
  • Paul Vojta
    Paul Vojta
    2013-04-05

    FreeType is now supported in xdvik-22.86.

     
  • Paul Vojta
    Paul Vojta
    2013-04-05

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  • Great thanks!
    Will this version arrive In TeXLive before 2013?

    Norbert