How do I use the fonts in Debian ?

Asked by Shirish Agarwal on 2011-01-11

Hi all,
 I read and re-read the ubuntu-font page https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Ubuntu%20Font%20Family but could not know/understand how do I do it in Debian.

I saw the following lines :-

"Please do not try to download just the .deb or .tar.gz on its own; the test fonts change weekly (normally on a Monday) and having old copies of broken/superceded versions is producing incorrect bug reports. Even worse documents are ending up with the out-of-date fonts embedded in them. Changes of glyph metrics during the beta test will later cause documents to reflow unexpectedly if they've changed! So, please stick to the personalised PPA!)."

Are these still relevant ? If yes, please lemme know.

While I have already applied for the team, it would be better if its known if the documentation/instructions are still valid or things have changed.

The reason I wanted to ask is I downloaded the 0.7 release and added the fonts. I used gucharmap and tried for almost 10 odd mins. to see if I could spot the Rupee sign given over here. http://font.ubuntu.com/rupee/

I am unable to see some of the characters within the font. I see the code rather than the character. For e.g. U+A8F2 which gucharmap tells me is Devanagri sign spacing chandrabindu = vaidika chandrabindu

 I am aware that this might be due to outdated software on my Debian box as well . I am on Debian Squeeze, fully updated though.

Looking forward for instructions and help to narrow/atleast know what is going on and why am I not able to see some of the characters.

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Paul Sladen
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2011-01-19
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2011-01-19
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2011-01-19

Debian isn't supported here. This is Ubuntu support.

Debian has it's own forum here:
http://forums.debian.net/

Thanks

Best Paul Sladen (sladen) said : #2

Hello Shirish,

Of course we do our best to support Debian here. Ubuntu is *based on* Debian and uses the Debian package format, and about 90% of Ubuntu comes straight from the work by Debian without any modification.

There are three options:

 a. Now that the Ubuntu Font Family is increasing in usefulness, we work on getting it into Debian. Because Debian is in freeze for the upcoming "squeeze" release at the moment this probably can't really happen just yet.
 b. We set up a PPA for for Debian stable
 c. Just grab the 'ttf-ubuntu-font-family*.deb' packages directly from:

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/natty/i386/ttf-ubuntu-font-family/0.70.1-0ubuntu1

You should see a download link on the right-hand-side for the .deb; download and add this by double-clicking, or type 'dpkg -i ttf-ubuntu-font-family*.deb' Note however that this won't automatically update (but it is far better than trying to download the source code!).

Shirish Agarwal (shirishag75) said : #3

I didn't know that. Removed them from ~./fonts and downloaded the .deb file as suggested by you.

Its now hanging on fontconfig and don't know what I can do ?

An update : After hanging about for something like 5 minutes, it seems the font has installed. Now comes the hard part of trying out the Indian Rupee sign which I had been trying to figure out how to write in the first place.

Thank you for efforts though in answering the query though.

Shirish Agarwal (shirishag75) said : #4

Thanks Paul Sladen, that solved my question.

Paul Sladen (sladen) said : #5

Shirish: we can only add support for what is standardised! So far the codepoint for the new Indian Rupee Sign [i]has[/i] been standardised and so we've been able to include it in the fonts, but there is no standard keyboard combination yet and settings for currency display will need adjust too. When they are worked out, we will of course support that keyboard layout in Ubuntu. For the moment you will need to use one of the methods noted on the following page to actually input the rupee (or copy and paste '₹'):

  http://font.ubuntu.com/rupee/

Shirish Agarwal (shirishag75) said : #6

At bottom :-

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 18:40, Paul Sladen
> Paul Sladen posted a new comment:
> Shirish: we can only add support for what is standardised!  So far the
> codepoint for the new Indian Rupee Sign [i]has[/i] been standardised and
> so we've been able to include it in the fonts, but there is no standard
> keyboard combination yet and settings for currency display will need
> adjust too.  When they are worked out, we will of course support that
> keyboard layout in Ubuntu.  For the moment you will need to use one of
> the methods noted on the following page to actually input the rupee (or
> copy and paste '₹'):

>  http://font.ubuntu.com/rupee/

I have seen that, I am trying to figure that one out as I have to get
the hindi spellchecker added first for openoffice and then trying it
out.

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