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

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Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> changed:

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--- Comment #4 from Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net>  2008-12-22 10:31:53 EDT ---
(In reply to comment #3)
> (BTW I wonder why
> simply %{_datadir}/fonts was not good enough for the fonts SIG and a new macro
> (== portability issue) had to be invented.)

There was more than a month of public RFC when you could ask such questions
(you were one of the handful of people explicitely CC-ed)

But to answer this now:
1. this macro is part of a batch of directory macros,
2. some of the other macros are less obvious, or are pointing to locations
upstream is changing
3. using macros means a simple package rebuild once upstream has changed
4. using simple macros means less errors packager-side
5. packagers were all re-defining the same macros in their packages anyway
(with twists and subtle mistakes)
6. the macros were explicitely not integrated in a Fedora-specific package but
put in a small self-contained package that could be installed or adopted by any
interested rpm distro
7. none of the other rpm distros have groups dedicated to fonts packaging or
they would have been consulted (the debian and ubuntu folks were)
8. and again, this part is bog-standard fontconfig checking suitable for any
fontconfig-enabled distro (the other bits in the fontpackages package may be
more Fedora-oriented, even though I've tried to aboid Fedora-isms)

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