[xep-support] General identifier in XEP configuration file for font paths

Thomas Schraitle tom_schr at web.de
Sun Nov 26 02:19:27 PST 2006

Hi Michael,

On Sunday 26 November 2006 08:42, Michael Sulyaev wrote:
> Thomas Schraitle wrote:
> > I believe it works. Unfortunatly, I have to use different
> > configuration files that share a lot of duplicate font-group entries.
> > The only difference is a different xml:base attribute, for example
> > (omitted config root element):
> >
> > ---[ xep-a.xml ]---
> >               xml:base="file:///usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/"
> > ---[ xep-b.xml ]---
> >               xml:base="file:///usr/share/fonts/truetype/"
> Hi Tom,
> The fonts location on a target system won't change once the system is
> installed, so you may choose between different options during install
> time of your software.
> I would handle this with sed on a template configuration file,
> replacing e.g. __SYSTEM_FONTS__ with '/usr/X11R6/lib/X11' or
> '/usr/share'. What could be wrong with this approach?

It works, yes. :) Unfortunatly there are two problems with this approach:

1. Usually I create RPM packages of our XML build environment. At the 
moment the RPM packages are noarch and independend of any (openSUSE) 
platform; in other words they can be installed on every (open)SUSE 
distribution. If I introduce this placeholder, it will be not independed 
anymore. It's not that bad of course, but I would like to have /one/ RPM 
package that can be installed on all platforms.

2. My collegues and I work with SVN and the XEP configuration file is 
available in our repository. At the moment it contains the /usr/X11R6/... 
directory as everybody has <=10.1 installed. If I have to change 
something (say introduce a new font, change an option, ...), everbody 
from my team can run "svn update" and it works without any further 
configuration. However, if I have to insert a placeholder this needs a 
separate step after an update. This can be easily forgotten.

I know, these "problems" look small but makes the daily work unneccessary 
awkward. Therefor I search for a method to avoid such problems.

Now I tried to use a (general) URL in xml:base and resolve it through a 
XML catalog. You end up with the following font-group. For example:

 <font-group label="DejaVu"
         ligatures="&#xFB00; &#xFB01; &#xFB02;" 
         embed="true" subset="true">
     <font-family name="DejaVuSerif">
            <font-data ttf="DejaVuSerif.ttf"/>
         <!-- ... More font entries ... -->       

My catalog has the following entry (omitted the catalog root element):

<group xml:base="file:///usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/">

I added the Apache XML resolver class and the CatalogManager.properties 
contains a "verbosity=4" line. Running XEP with the XML catalog resolver 
I can see lots of debug messages and the important lines:

 xml:base: file:///usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/
 BASE STR: file:///usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/
 rewriteURI: http://www.suse.de/fonts/truetype/

 REWRITE_URI: http://www.suse.de/fonts/truetype/
 (reset) xml:base:

Obviously my catalog is read by the resolver class. However, I get the 
following error in the end:

 [error] Cannot read font metric from
 [error] java.io.IOException: HTTP response status is 404
 error: formatting failed: com.renderx.fonts.BadFontDataException: Could
 not obtain font metric for font family 'DejaVuSerif'

Which is true of course, as there is no font at 
www.suse.de/fonts/truetype/ but unexpected anyway. ;) I would have 
expected that XEP reads the TTF file from /usr/X11/... according to the 
rewriteURI rule from my catalog. I tried it with a different rule 
(rewriteSystem) without success.

With the above method I could solve my two problems as it is done at 
runtime, not hard coded or replaced. Unforuntatly it doesn't work as 

Did I misunderstand something or is it a bug in the resolver class, 
limitations in XEP, or ...? Any ideas? Any solution is highly 
appreciated. :-)


----- Versions
XEP 4.7 build 20060908
java version "1.5.0_07"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_07-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_07-b03, mixed mode, sharing)

Thomas Schraitle
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