[pkg-wml] Bug#705597: wml: gfont missing (by wml::des::gfont)
abe at debian.org
Wed Apr 17 11:54:16 UTC 2013
Control: severity -1 minor
Control: tag -1 + confirmed
Roland Stigge wrote:
> wml::des::gfont is utilizing the executable gfont which is not
> available in squeeze, wheezy and sid.
Yep. It has been removed from Debian in 2005 (see
http://bugs.debian.org/328594) and I removed the "Suggests" in 2010.
Despite upstream still claims fame for gfont, he no more provides
the sources for it and the last release was in 1999.
The upstream webpage seems to have been deleted in 2004. Compare 
In case someone wants to continue maintaining gfont as upstream and in
Debian, I'll happily re-add a Suggests or Recommends on it again.
The old Debian package is still available at
Interestingly it was considered non-free, despite debian/copyright
said "GPL" (and licensecheck said GPL + LGPL + UNKNOWN). The changelog
for 1.0.2-2 reads:
* Moved gfont from "Section: graphics" to "Section: non-free/graphics".
Thanks to James Troup <J.J.Troup at scm.brad.ac.uk> for pointing this
Unfortunately the reason is not mentioned. Maybe due to GIF patent
issues back then? That would be no more an issue today.
So the only thing I would do about it is to add a entry to
README.Debian about wml::des::gfont not being usable. Is that what you
expected but wasn't there?
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