FEDORA-2017-612c622a20 created by dkaspar 4 years ago for Fedora 25

This is a replacement package for now obsoleted urw-fonts package.

More info in Pagure: https://src.fedoraproject.org/rpms/urw-base35-fonts

This update has been submitted for testing by dkaspar.

4 years ago

This update has been pushed to testing.

4 years ago
User Icon lupinix commented & provided feedback 4 years ago

Breaks fonts, see also the huge bunch of bad karma on updates for Fedora 26 and 27

BZ#1458840 Review Request: urw-base35-fonts - Level 2 Core Font Set for Ghostscript

Bodhi is disabling automatic push to stable due to negative karma. The maintainer may push manually if they determine that the issue is not severe.

4 years ago
User Icon lupinix commented & provided feedback 4 years ago

Unpushed, we must not make more destruction than required…

This update has been unpushed.

User Icon dkaspar commented & provided feedback 4 years ago

Hello people! Thank you for hanging out there why I was dealing with this.

# TL;DR;

I would like to apologize for the problems caused. This was not intentional for this to happen, and I'm really sorry for that. The new packages to solve this issue are currently being build.


Many people do not realize that, but (URW)++ fonts are needed by ghostscript for displaying correctly PostScript, PDF and other document types, as well as for conversition between these formats. And ghotscript is also used by many other applications, like Evince, ImageMagick, etc.

Because the current package urw-fonts in Fedora was a total mess, there were problems with versioning, and the fonts were outdated which started to be significant problem for ghostscript, I have decided (as a ghostscript maintainer) to create a new fonts package from scratch, which would follow Fedora Packaging Guidelines, and would be more easily maintainable for the future.


The main problem with this was in fontconfig priority/ordering, as many of you have found out. But to answer this properly, I need to give you more background.

Previously, the urw-fonts package was using config files from fontconfig directly. They were part of the 30-metric-aliases.conf and 30-metric-aliases.conf, in the /etc/fonts/conf.d folder.

When I was doing the "cleanup" for the new package, we agreed with urw-base35-fonts and fontconfig upstreams to move these config files into the new package, as it is preferable by fontconfig and FPG.

During creation of a new package, I have decided to use 35 as the new priority/ordering value. (That effectively means lowering the priority compared to initial value of 30.) This was a safety precausion, because I wanted to make sure the new fontconfig files would not mess up with default fontconfig configuration.

We agreed with fontconfig upstream/maintainer to do a release together via Bodhi. And here's where I made the mistake. I didn't realize that creating a new update in Bodhi for a new package would actually replace it for all users with the old urw-fonts package. My expectation was that it would just live in the updates repository alongside the (old) urw-fonts, and will be just available to people who would manually install the (new) urw-base35-fonts.

I wanted the new package to be ready for new fontconfig release, and for other steps I was preparing for the transition.

For some reason, after you have updated the package, it started to changing the default font configurations you had on your system. I really have no clue why it happened just now, and not before, since the fontconfig configuration was effectively before on the system as well. My wild guess is that the old urw-fonts package was such a mess that this issue had never came up to surface before?

Unfortunately, combination of this riddle and my screw-up is what caused all of these problems for you. :(


I have learned about this issue yesterday morning, and I had the fixes ready relatively fast. However, before making a new release, I wanted to make sure it fixes everything that was reported...

The rest of the day I've spent trying (I'm not kidding) to install F26, F27, and Rawhide into VM (KVM/QEMU). And with no success... o.O The installation took so much time everytime (I don't know why), and after I have finally finished the installation, it wouldn't boot up. I have tried different ways to get around it, but after several hours I gave up.

I have tested the basics that I could in our internal Fedora instances in OpenStack, and decided to release it now to not block the fixes longer.


Seems like all the build have passed successfully.


As I said before, I will be pushing new updates, but after discussion with fontconfig upstream/maintainer only for F27 and Rawhide. I never wanted to endanger the released Fedora, and don't want to change that. Luckily, the Bodhi process helped to stop the updates before them reaching the stable repository.

For all of you on F25 and F26 I have created a builds also that you can manually download, and which should (hopefully) fix your problems for now.

After that we can try to workaround how you can install the urw-fonts back.

Also, if you would find any problems with the new versions of the package, please, let me now so I can fix it ASAP. And if you have any other feedback, feel free to lay it on me.


Once again, I'm really sorry this happened. It was not intentional mistake, and I have learned some important lesson in that. I appreciate all your feedback and patience.

-- Dee'Kej --

User Icon dkaspar commented & provided feedback 4 years ago

Here's the link for F25 TESTING BUILD: https://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=975392

Please, be aware that I tested it only with my system. I want to help you, but I can't make 100% guarantee this will work. :(

Please login to add feedback.

Content Type
Test Gating
Unstable by Karma
Stable by Karma
Stable by Time
4 years ago
in testing
4 years ago
BZ#1458840 Review Request: urw-base35-fonts - Level 2 Core Font Set for Ghostscript

Automated Test Results