[Bug 477606] New: RFE: warn on fonts installed outside %_fontbasedir

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Summary: RFE: warn on fonts installed outside %_fontbasedir


           Summary: RFE: warn on fonts installed outside %_fontbasedir
           Product: Fedora
           Version: rawhide
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: medium
          Priority: low
         Component: rpmlint
        AssignedTo: ville.skytta at iki.fi
        ReportedBy: nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net
         QAContact: extras-qa at fedoraproject.org
                CC: wolfy at nobugconsulting.ro, tmz at pobox.com,
                    ville.skytta at iki.fi, fedora-fonts-bugs-list at redhat.com
    Classification: Fedora

Our current font packaging policy requires the installation of TTF/OTF/PFA/PFB
fonts in a subdirectory of %_fontbasedir

Our general packaging policy demands of packagers to create proper font
packages when their app bundles them

If an app or bit of code is not fontconfig-aware, it can always package
symlinks pointing to fonts packaged according to our guidelines in
%_fontbasedir space, and depend on the font package providing those files.

A recent audit run revealed that the number of packages bundling fonts is very
high. (repoquery found 159 packages shipping fonts in rawhide, the 2/3rds not
being font packages, see bug #477044)

In many case their packagers were not even aware they were bundling fonts (bug
#477406#c4). Some of them are licensing problems (477384#c4)

To prevent such problems in the future, rpmlint should flag any package that
installs ttf/otf/pfa/pfb fonts outside the %_fontbasedir tree, or bundle those
files with binaries in /usr/bin, /usr/lib?? and such.

Packages that include symlinks to files in the %_fontbasedir tree are ok,
though they should also get a warning so upstream adds fontconfig support to
its code (since it has near universal adoption and continuing to ignore
fontconfig will only add to the packager problems in the long run)


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