[aur-general] ttf-google-webfonts{,-distilled,-git,-hg} mess

Alessio Sergi asergi at archlinux.us
Thu Apr 4 06:46:25 EDT 2013

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM, Jason St. John <jstjohn at purdue.edu> wrote:

> I am the current maintainer of the AUR package
> ttf-google-webfonts-hg[4], and I'm bothered by the mess of various
> packages there are for Google's Web Fonts project. It's not at all
> KISS in its current state.
> There are currently four different AUR packages[1][2][3][4] that
> essentially supply the same files, and all four packages conflict with
> each other. Around August of 2012, the package named
> ttf-google-webfonts[1] was orphaned, and user w0ng created a GitHub
> repository[5] that mirrors the Mercurial repository[6] on Google Code
> (why?). Then, the new maintainer changed the original
> ttf-google-webfonts package from a VCS-type package that simply lacked
> "-hg" in the name to a package that pulls tarballs from w0ng's GitHub
> repo[5].
> As you can see in the comments for ttf-google-webfonts[1], this has
> caused all sorts of confusion and messages about the package being
> out-of-date or having invalid checksums. To get around these issues,
> user epinephrine created the package ttf-google-webfonts-git[3] that
> clones w0ng's GitHub repo[5] instead of pulling tarballs from it,
> which significantly reduces the maintenance required on the package.
> Then, user Gently created a package named
> ttf-google-webfonts-distilled[2] that pulls a tarball from w0ng's
> GitHub repo[5] and only installs a small subset of the fonts therein.
> Shortly after ttf-google-webfonts[1] was changed from being a
> Mercurial-based package and not liking the direction that the package
> was taking, I reuploaded the original ttf-google-webfonts package as
> ttf-google-webfonts-hg[4] for people that simply wanted the old
> package back that uses the actual Google Web Fonts repository to
> download the files.
> To clean up this mess, I propose that ttf-google-webfonts-distilled[2]
> and ttf-google-webfonts-git[3] be deleted outright, for what should be
> obvious reasons. I also propose that ttf-google-webfonts[1] be deleted
> because of how frequently the Web Fonts project is updated and because
> the project lacks version numbers. If people really feel strongly
> about keeping that maintenance nightmare, then let them have it, but I
> really don't see what advantage it provides over the original
> ttf-google-webfonts-hg[4] other than one less makedepends.
> I apologize for the huge email, but this situation really is a mess.
> [1] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ttf-google-webfonts/
> [2] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ttf-google-webfonts-distilled/
> [3] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ttf-google-webfonts-git/
> [4] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ttf-google-webfonts-hg/
> [5] https://github.com/w0ng/googlefontdirectory
> [6] https://code.google.com/p/googlefontdirectory/
> Jason

I totally agree with you.
All the other packages are useless and should be nuked.
Also, they rely on an unofficial mirror.



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