Re: [hackers] [st] [PATCH] Work around BadLength error by disallowing color fonts

From: Martin Tournoij <>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 07:56:01 +1200

On Thu, Apr 25, 2019, at 07:48, Hiltjo Posthuma wrote:
> I'm not in favor of this. I think this should be fixed upstream.
> Now that there has been a release of dwm and dmenu with the workaround it
> should be removed I think.
> There is no nice workaround except making the code more ugly. Should every
> project using fontconfig add this stupid workaround? I don't think so. One of
> the things that flow from the UNIX philosophy as I see it is solving things at
> the appropriate layer (or try to).

I don't think anyone disagrees with that in principle, but it seems
that an upstream fix is not forthcoming, because reasons. A simple
workaround is better than a crash.

This seems like a good example where practicality should beat purity.

Received on Wed Apr 24 2019 - 21:56:01 CEST

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