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FS#26012 - [kdebase-workspace] Missing dependency on a ttf- package

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by George Brooke (GeorgeB) - Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 18:31 GMT
Last edited by Andrea Scarpino (BaSh) - Saturday, 12 January 2013, 07:43 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Ronald van Haren (pressh)
Andrea Scarpino (BaSh)
Architecture All
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 9
Private No


A minimal install of kde (kdebase and phonon-gstreamer) will hang when a newly created used attempts to login to plasma-desktop for the first time.

This is fixed by installing a ttf font package such as ttf-liberation or ttf-dejavu.

Forum thread discussing the issue:
This task depends upon

This task blocks these from closing
 FS#32870 - [enlightenment17] needs dependency on a ttf font 
Closed by  Andrea Scarpino (BaSh)
Saturday, 12 January 2013, 07:43 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  kdebase-workspace 4.9.5-2
Comment by Fabian Homborg (alfa) - Thursday, 15 September 2011, 12:54 GMT
By the way, ttf-freefont (a dependency of vlc and so phonon-vlc) does NOT work.
You still need another font package.

The way I would go about this would be to have kdebase-workspace require "ttffont" or something and have ttf-{liberation,dejavu,$OTHERSTHATWORK} provide that.
Comment by George Brooke (GeorgeB) - Thursday, 15 September 2011, 16:45 GMT
After some more discussion in the forums it appears that any ttf font package *is* all that is needed - I have tested ttf-dejavu ttf-liberation ttf-freefont ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-linux-libertine ttf-inconsolata on clean VMs and all allowed a sucessfull login.
Comment by Alexander F. Rødseth (xyproto) - Sunday, 11 November 2012, 21:32 GMT
Is this still an issue?
Comment by Alexander F. Rødseth (xyproto) - Monday, 19 November 2012, 17:22 GMT
fireboot in #archlinux confirmed that this was still an issue, but also informed that installing ttf-dejavu fixed the problem.

Perhaps depending on ttf-dejavu is a possible solution, then.
Comment by Greg (dolby) - Monday, 26 November 2012, 20:55 GMT
I opened  FS#32870  for enlightenment which suffers from this as well.
I think this should be solved globally. VLC solves this by having optional dependency on two ttf font packages, when essentially only one is needed.
Comment by Andrea Scarpino (BaSh) - Monday, 26 November 2012, 21:05 GMT
maybe adding ttf-liberation (for example) as dependence for xorg-server?
Comment by Greg (dolby) - Monday, 26 November 2012, 21:12 GMT
You'd have to consult with Andyrtr and JGC for that.
Comment by Ivan (Zipfer) - Monday, 03 December 2012, 19:32 GMT
I could not find this bug a few days
I think it is very important to solve this problem
Comment by Greg (dolby) - Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 12:43 GMT
GNOME solves this by having a dependency on ttf-dejavu, as well as the cantarell font, in gnome-themes-standard so maybe something like that could be done for other DE's as well. I dont know if the forthcoming release of KDE's oxygen font would solve this for KDE.
Comment by veegee (veegee) - Thursday, 13 December 2012, 20:51 GMT
This is an issue. Installing ttf-dejavu fixed the problem (but any ttf* font package should work).

This is a severe bug. Please add ttf-dejavu as a dependency.