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Font Dependencies to Langpacks


There are font(:lang=...) auto-generated dependency for fonts packages and packages that requires particular languages to get things working has those dependencies to pull it in. but that pulls packages in randomly and doesn't necessarily provide better result. particuarly when they don't have any fonts installed for those languages.

So this proposes to replace it with langpacks instead, which has proper dependencies for fonts and improve the user experience around fonts with applications.


  • Name: Akira TAGOH
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Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 31
  • Last updated: 2019-03-18
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

The language based meta information about font dependency was introduced since Fedora 11. that was helpful to find out a font for missing glyphs through PackageKit and was useful for minority languages. but the given result by it wasn't much better under the certain condition.

Users can't predict what fonts will be installed. this may gives us worst result particularly when no fonts for the requested language is installed and/or is majority languages that has too many fonts such as English, because this logic doesn't ensure the quality of fonts nor preferred fonts we expect to get installed by default. This random dependency sometimes introduces unexpected result too. it might be able to pulls packages in to dependencies from external repositories. this may particularly be a problem when composing ISOs.

So this Changes proposal aims to improve the user experience around font dependencies by replacing it by Langpacks instead. Langpacks contains various dependencies to use for certain languages, including dependencies for default fonts. so it will resolves the above issues.

Benefit to Fedora

This proposal provides reliable, predictable, and consistencies in dependencies about fonts.


  • Proposal owners:
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

User Experience

Users will see better quality of rendering on applications if they had font(:lang=...) dependency and fonts packages randomly has ever been installed.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes