[GRASS-dev] iconv a required dependency for using Freetype?

Paul Kelly paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk
Fri May 11 14:28:45 EDT 2007

On Fri, 11 May 2007, Wolf Bergenheim wrote:

> Yeah I just noticed. Good work Paul! So there really isn't any need
> then? I mean most people can use some native way of getting information
> about a font. Or do you still see a need for this?

Well Glynn mentioned extending d.font to output more detailed font 
information, but I guess that will only be the information that's already 
in the fontcap file. There's really no point in complicating d.font by 
requiring (part of) it to be built against the Freetype library, 
especially as all the intricate Freetype stuff is already in g.mkfontcap.

Maybe William's idea of some extra debug output in g.mkfontcap would be 
useful, perhaps an option to add a single new font to fontcap (or provide 
extra intricate Freetype details on it), that kind of thing - it could be 
extended indefinitely reallly, but I agree that that functionality doesn't 
really belong on GRASS, unless the operating system doesn't provide it or 
its implementation is broken - which does appear to be the the case with 
fc-list outputting the font index numbers at least (they were always 0 


> --Wolf
> On 11.05.2007 18:40, William Kyngesburye wrote:
>> Looks like Paul Kelly took care of the ultimate goal - figuring out all
>> the face indexes and generating a fontcap/ftcap file from that info.
>> A command to get info on individual font files might still be handy - a
>> user could check a new font before manually adding it to their fontcap
>> file.  I'd say one or two switches could be used to output the font info
>> in either of the fontcap/ftcap formats (when they settle down).
>> On May 11, 2007, at 10:23 AM, Wolf Bergenheim wrote:
>>> Yes, I'm still offering. Now that I only have one geostatistics report
>>> to write I have finally some time to do other things too. Infact I think
>>> I can start it this weekend, and I think I can have it done by the end
>>> of next week.
>>> So I'm thinking by default d.freetype.info should print something in a
>>> nice human readable way, a bit like ftinfo does. And then if given a
>>> switch -s (for script) it will output a comma separated list instead.
>>> How does that sound?
>>> --Wolf
>>> On 08.05.2007 17:19, William Kyngesburye wrote:
>>>> On May 8, 2007, at 6:54 AM, Paul Kelly wrote:
>>>> Wolf offered to work out this when he has time (in another thread I
>>>> started for that topic).  I was thinking that it might be useful to do a
>>>> d.freetype.info module that mkftcap could use.  Users might want/need to
>>>> see info about a font also.
>> -----
>> William Kyngesburye <kyngchaos*at*kyngchaos*dot*com>
>> http://www.kyngchaos.com/
>> All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
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