HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby runs » 2018-04-24 21:33

Well the default compilation for Debian unstable is cool, improves the v0.6.x a lot. But because I want more crispness in my fonts I've compiled a freetype2 v0.8.1 for using in Debian Stretch.

It includes the full Infinality patch set & the Microsoft Clear Type technology.

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Feel free to test it.

Remember to make a system backup before using it!!!
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby DebbyIan » 2018-04-24 22:12

You didn't use dsc. Norty, norty.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby runs » 2018-04-24 22:32

what is dsc?!
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby runs » 2018-04-24 22:40

If you meant direct-source-code, is here:

Download

TO COMPILE

1) Firstly create the '/usr/include/freetype2' dir and inside it another: '/usr/include/freetype2/freetype'.

2)
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./configure --prefix=/usr


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make


TO MAKE THE .DEB PACKAGE


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sudo checkinstall
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby GarryRicketson » 2018-04-24 22:54

Remember to read , before installing using anything: https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian
On Debian installing software from random websites is a bad habit.


and definitely:
Remember to make a system backup before using it!!!
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby runs » 2018-04-26 08:12

Sorry, I only tried to help.

I did not put a gun in head's someone to use it.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby GarryRicketson » 2018-04-26 11:42

Thank you for sharing it, and you also included good advice :

runs »Remember to make a system backup before using it!!!
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby debiman » 2018-04-27 06:13

Let's agree on a few things:

  • the original infinality patched freetype packages are outdated and cannot ne used anymore
  • at least 50% of what infinality did to improve the looks is about sane defaults, a careful configuration and installing the right fonts.
  • according to this one will need at least freetype 2.7.1 to get better looks; don't ask me to explain better, just read the whole article.
  • there is some other stuff that infinality was capable of via environment variables; this can not be achieved even with newer fontconfig versions, but i daresay that most people moaning about how infinality was so much better, didn't even tweak these features.
  • there's some effort to apply the infinality patches to current freetype versions. people who really want infinality should watch out for these patches, not the old freetype2-infinality packages. one place to find them is here (note, only freetype2 is up-to-date, fontconfig has to be done manually
  • one might further benefit from re-compiling freetype2 with MS's ClearType
  • one might benefit even further from installing actual Microsoft fonts (they don't spy on you!), and setting fontconfig up accordingly

I strongly recommend to read these resources:
https://gist.github.com/cryzed/e002e705 ... 9e748c5671
https://www.freedesktop.org/software/fo ... -user.html
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/font_configuration
https://www.reddit.com/r/archlinux/comm ... _outdated/

i apologize that most of these instructions are for archlinux; but i guess debianites will have to do some manual compiling anyhow, where an AUR PKGBUILD can be quite useful.
stretch's freetype2 is at 2.6.something, so not enough according to this! and i could not find a backported larger version.
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