[arch-dev-public] Scim and arphic fonts update in [testing]

Eric Bélanger snowmaniscool at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 16:04:40 EDT 2009

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 3:47 PM, Eric Bélanger <snowmaniscool at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Firmicus <Firmicus at gmx.net> wrote:
>> Eric Bélanger a écrit :
>>> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 10:59 PM, Eric Bélanger <snowmaniscool at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I've just updated several scim-related packages. They are in the
>>>> [testing] repo. The updated packages are:
>>>> anthy
>>>> libchewing
>>>> libhangul
>>>> scim
>>>> scim-anthy
>>>> scim-chewing
>>>> scim-tables
>>>> uim
>>>> scim-uim (no update, just rebuild against uim 1.5.5)
>>>> As I don't use these packages (I believe no dev use them either), I
>>>> could only do  minimal testing.  It would be nice if users of these
>>>> packages test them and report if they work properly or if there are
>>>> problems with them.
>>>> I've also updated (in [testing] repo) the Arphic fonts:
>>>> ttf-arphic-ukai and ttf-arphic-uming
>>>> There are two points about these fonts:
>>>> 1. According to upstream:
>>>> "This release contains Firefly's Bitmap fonts. The Bitmap fonts are available
>>>> for 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 pixel and currently cover Big5 and GB2312.
>>>> HKSCS is currently not supported as there are many more characters missing.
>>>> So, for Big5 and GB2312 characters the bitmap glyphs should improve the
>>>> rendering, but for all other characters, the rendering is the same like
>>>> without bitmap glyphs."
>>>> I might be nice to get comments about someone using these fonts to see
>>>> if the ttf-fireflysung package is indeed no longer needed
>>>> (http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/8951).
>>>> 2.  The updated ttf-arphic-* packages in testing provide the fonts as
>>>> a TrueType Collection, i.e. the fonts come in 4 flavors (CN, HK, TW
>>>> and TW MBE), with different glyph shapes according to the preferred
>>>> shapes in each region (more info here:
>>>> http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/CJKUnifonts/Download). As a
>>>> result TeX users will encounter trouble using this font.  The
>>>> following programs/libraries are known to not fully support TTC files
>>>> and can usually only use the first fontface of the TTC:
>>>> - jdk and openjdk6
>>>> - imlib2 and applications which use imlib2.
>>>> Again, I and probably none of the devs don't use these fonts so
>>>> feedback from users would be nice.
>>>> Eric
>>> Did anyone had time to test them yet?
>>> Eric
>> I just tested scim to input Chinese with pinyin method and it works
>> fine. I don't use the other scim-related pkgs. I have tested the Arphic
>> fonts rather superficially, but at first sight they are just ok (tested
>> in gedit and with xetex).
>> NB: These TTC fonts won't be a problem for XeTeX users (xetex is part of
>> texlive-core), and other TeX users actually use the Postscript versions
>> of the same fonts that come with texlive-lang-cjk.
>> F
> I received other testers' reports by personnal email or the bug
> tracker (there was a couple of very minor bugs that were fixed last
> week: a scim problem with java clients and gnome-panel is now an
> optdepends for uim) and everything seems to be working fine. I've just
> moved the packages in extra. If there are problems, submit a bug
> report. Thanks to all the testers.

Apparently, there seem to be problems with the packages.

FS#13855 : this seems to be related the openjdk6  TTF collection issue
that I mentionnend in my first post. I'm waiting a response from the

FS#13854 : This one I have no clue. If someone  familiar with the
packages could try to replicate that (ie using scim successfully
outside of gtk apps), that would be great.  At least we'll know if
it's indeed a package problem or a config problem on the reporter's
machine. If you can replicate that, any hints about what might be the
problem would be appreciated.

Please post your answer in the bug reports.

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