Speedo fonts - Are they still supported?

Mike A. Harris mharris at www.linux.org.uk
Mon Apr 11 09:23:48 PDT 2005

Mike A. Harris wrote:
> Someone just caught me in IRC with this, and I couldn't quickly
> determine the answer, and don't use speedo fonts myself so I thought
> I'd pass the question on here:
> I've been getting some bug reports about speedo fonts not working.
> The speedo module was removed from Xorg, presumeably because
> freetype handles speedo fonts now (unless I am mistaken).
> Can someone state canonically wether speedo fonts are still supported
> or not, and wether that depends on particular freetype releases or
> not?  Should it work both with the server standalone, as well as
> using xfs?
> If speedo is not supported however, then we should not install
> the speedo font files anymore.

After chatting with others a bit, nobody seemed to know why
speedo no longer works, so I dug into it deeper and discovered
the following:


Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 15:34:12 -0700
From: Roland Mainz <xorg-commit at pdx.freedesktop.org>
To: xorg-commit at pdx.freedesktop.org
X-BeenThere: xorg-commit at freedesktop.org
Subject: CVS Update: xc (branch: trunk)

CVSROOT:        /cvs/xorg
Module name:    xc
Changes by:     gisburn at pdx.    04/04/25 15:34:12

Log message:
   Fix for 
http://pdx.freedesktop.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=548 - RFE: 
Remove Speedo font support from the Xorg default build

Modified files:
         X11.tmpl site.def xfree86.cf xorg.cf

   Revision      Changes    Path
   1.3           +9 -1      xc/ChangeLog
   1.3           +8 -8      xc/config/cf/X11.tmpl
   1.3           +2 -0      xc/config/cf/site.def
   1.3           +2 -2      xc/config/cf/xfree86.cf
   1.3           +3 -3      xc/config/cf/xorg.cf

Since we are seeing several people reporting bugs now, that fonts
that previously worked fine, no longer work, this was kindof
surprising because X.Org still supplies these fonts *and* installs
them by default.

I have no strong feelings either way as to wether this gets fixed
by re-enabling speedo font support, or by preventing the speedo fonts
from getting installed and/or removing them from CVS, as there have
only been a few people file bug reports.

I figured I would try to get concensus here first before opening
a new bug report for this.

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