[cairo] fontconfig compile error

cu cairouser at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 29 10:31:46 PDT 2009

Depending on what you do, another option which we pursued is to get rid
of FontConfig alltogether.

It isn't all that useful and, frankly, since there is no guarantee that
appropriate fonts will be on target system, we opted for simply bundling
fonts with application and ditching Fontconfig. Problem solved, and our
application gained a more uniform look.

This may not work if you do some heavy lifting with various fonts and
what not, of course.

> I'm even farther from you than being an expert. :)
> You may be right. I see libttf.so in /usr/lib. I see no libtruetype.  
> So it appears to be a TT1 system. I don't see a libfontconfig in any  
> of the normal lib places (/usr/lib or /usr/X11R6/lib). What does a  
> system like this do?
> Anyway, what am I looking at digging deeper into here and patching up?  
> Run ./configure, and then go start hacking through Makefiles to get  
> them to work correctly? Or is it somewhere more/less than this. I  
> can't even get ./configure to run all the way through actually. I get an
> configure: error: Cairo requires at least one native font backend.   
> Please install FreeType and fontconfig and try again.
> at the bottom

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