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sawanv
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:20 pm    Post subject: Applying custom patches to packages Reply with quote

Hello All.

I want to apply a patch to a package before its installed by portage (these patches http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~dchest/xfthack/ , to freetype).

By the way, the patch gives unbeliveable fonts on KDE. Its simply brilliant.

How do I go about this?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sawanv,

Those patches are against freetype 2.1.5, the current freetype in portage is 2.1.4. So you'd have to download freetype 2.1.5, unpack it, apply the patch, and configure, make, and make install.

But being interesting in having a bit softer fonts in kde as well, I did all the work for you. Here is a tarball with a modified freetype-2.1.4-r1 ebuild, the modified patches and the portage directory structure (media-libs/freetype).

Make sure that PORTDIR_OVERLAY is set in /etc/make.conf and cd into PORTDIR_OVERLAY (I use /usr/local/portage) untar the archive (tar -xjvf /path/to/freetype-2.1.4-r1.tar.bz2) and then cd media-libs/freetype. Just type emerge freetype-2.1.4-r1.ebuild and the new freetype will be installed.

You'll have to stop X, restart /etc/init.d/xfs (I think) and restart X. And you'll have nice soft fonts.

And thanks for pointing me to this patch, I've been dieing for nice smooth fonts in KDE (more like the smoothing available in gnome).
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2003 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello tomchuk.

Thanks for all your work. Will try out your stuff and let you know how it turns out, and if the result is as better as the previous patch.

Will post later...

Sawan
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2003 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well you can manually patch programs by typing
Code:
ebuild <ebuildfile> unpack
cd /var/tmp/portage/<package>/work/<package>
patch -p1 < <patch>
ebuild <ebuildfile> compile
ebuild <ebuildfile> merge
ebuild <ebuildfile> qmerge

or something like that...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2003 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the new ebuild and it worked as advertised. I particularly liked the effect on my semi-transparent pulldown menus.

But pehaps due to the LCD display on my laptop, the softer edges caused some minor but annoying color fringing which induced me to revert back to the lastest stable version of freetype. YMMVG.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2003 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true, I've got one LCD and 2 CRTs (one of which is very fuzzy). I can't decide if I like being able to easily read an 8 point font on a 17" CRT @ 1280x1024, or having crisp, readable fonts on my LCD. Oh well, I'll stick with it for now.

Definately give this a shot with a CRT though.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 11:53 am    Post subject: Brilliant Reply with quote

Hello Guys.

I tried the patch and it works brilliantly!! :lol:

Very nice fonts....I think these are the best fonts I have seen anywhere (maybe beats even OSX Jaguar, dont know about Panther) 8) .

What is the mechanism by which we can make this the standard part of the freetype distribution on Gentoo? I thought we could propose an enhancement on Bugzilla or somewhere, or is it possible to contact the developer directly?

Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Reply with quote

sawanv wrote:
What is the mechanism by which we can make this the standard part of the freetype distribution on Gentoo?


We need to make sure that this font option remains optional so that people like myself, who use lcd screens can choose to keep fonts with a crisp outline.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've gone back to the unpatched freetype, as I couldn't justify dealing with crappy fonts on my $1000 LCD, but having nice fonts on each of my $300 CRTs. When freetype 2.1.5 becomes available (which will contain most of these patches), I'll post back here with an updated ebuild.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We need to make sure that this font option remains optional so that people like myself, who use lcd screens can choose to keep fonts with a crisp outline.

Hmmm.....I agree with that, specially as LCDs are become more pervasive.

Tom, are the fonts really that bad on LCDs? Can you post a shot or something?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well a screenshot won't do anything :) When I get a chance I'll reinstall the patched version and take a couple macro shots with my digicam comparing some text on both my CRT and LCD with the patch and without.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheCoop wrote:
well you can manually patch programs by typing
Code:
ebuild <ebuildfile> unpack
cd /var/tmp/portage/<package>/work/<package>
patch -p1 < <patch>
ebuild <ebuildfile> compile
ebuild <ebuildfile> merge
ebuild <ebuildfile> qmerge

or something like that...


For the "ebuild <ebuildfile> unpack" part, where do I get the ebuildfile name from? I checked in distfiles and my portage tmp dir and there's no "ebuild" to be found. I also looked in /var/log/portage at the completed compile log and there's no ebuild reference there either.

I want to patch x11-misc/goats (r2.2) and I can't get started. These fail:

ebuild goats-2.2 unpack
ebuild goats-2.2.ebuild unpack
ebuild goats unpack
ebuild goats.ebuild unpack

They all say the same thing:

!!! doebuild: goats.ebuild not found for unpack


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the ebuilds are in subdirectories in /usr/portage. The latest gentoolkit has a new tool ewhich that can be used to get the ebuild filename for a given package name.
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