[dev] [dwm] [dmenu] The Xft situation

From: FRIGN <dev_AT_frign.de>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:57:17 +0100

Good evening fellow hackers,

for quite a while now, dwm and dmenu have had patches to add
Xft-support to them. There has been no version for current
git-checkouts and a considerate noise here on the mailing
list about people having trouble setting up fonts in dwm and
dmenu. I personally hate noise.
The initial motivation for these patches was to allow maximum
portability, but given st already depends on fontconfig, we
might as well convert dwm and dmenu as well.
This has the following advantages:

1) Xft is already imported by st
2) People prefer Xft configuration over XLFD
3) Using fontconfig it drops LOC considerably
4) Less noise on the mailing list, helping us focus on more
   important stuff

As an alternative, already made patches reverting Xft-additions
in dwm and dmenu are going to be added to the patches section,
so people wishing to port dwm and dmenu to obscure platforms
without fontconfig are not having trouble while the majority
of users will have an easier time setting up dwm and dmenu
harmoniously with st.

Let me know what you think.



FRIGN <dev_AT_frign.de>
Received on Wed Mar 04 2015 - 19:57:17 CET

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