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Re: bug in gnustep-make / my last mail (pantomime)

From: Nicola Pero
Subject: Re: bug in gnustep-make / my last mail (pantomime)
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 13:03:25 +0100 (BST)

> it seems, that all works well. The packages are built on hppa as well
> (although I couldn't run them yet).


> PS: The biggest problem is the Xserver crash now when building the
> font cache.

Yes - I can see that - I don't like myself the proposed workaround :-) but
actually I can't see much of a way out.  I'd consider it a bug in the Xlib
interface - you can only get either a single font, or the whole list of
all possible fonts (and getting the whole list of fonts often requires
more memory than available).  What is missing is an interface to loop on
all the available fonts, returning a reasonable number (1 or 2 or 10) each

Maybe ... is some Xfree extension available which supplies the missing
font API to loop on the available fonts ?  If it was, we could use that
extension if available, and avoid the crash.  I suppose we could even
write it and submit it to Xfree if it's not available. :-)

I personally find the filtering option very limiting, but I'm not sure how
to work around the problem otherwise - we need a way from the Xserver to
loop properly on the available fonts.

> I know of a workaround and lower the severity of all the
> bugs, but this may be a showstopper for inclusion in a Debian release
> if someone does not agree with my lowering of the severity of the
> bugs.

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