[R-SIG-Mac] FreeType on osx
murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Sun Mar 16 11:51:53 CET 2008
Simon Urbanek wrote:
> On Mar 15, 2008, at 1:30 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> I'm trying to add FreeType support to rgl. I see that there are
>> versions that ship with OSX, and also versions on DarwinPorts and
>> What would be the recommended advice to users on this, and what would
>> a configure script need in order to find FreeType?
> FreeType is a bit of a pain (I'll elaborate on that below). For CRAN
> binaries of packages that use FreeType we use a static build instead
> of the system one because those are too old. From a package's point of
> view it's easy, though, because you only have to ask pkgconfig or
> freetype-config. I wouldn't bother doing anything Mac-specific,
> because both Tiger and Leopard have freetype-config, but their
> versions are too old or buggy to bother.
>> On Linux, looking for freetype-config works, but that's not working
>> on my OSX 10.4 laptop.
> It should - do you have X11 on your PATH?
>> Would it work in Leopard out of the box, or does a user need to
>> install FreeType explicitly?
> Sort of - X11 in Leopard is broken out of the box, so you have to fix
> that first, but once you do, it works. Both Tiger and Leopard come
> with FreeType.
> The real problem is that FreeType (even the last release) is somewhat
> broken on OS X. It doesn't support system fonts properly. The CVS
> version is a bit better, but still has a bug that causes font styles
> to be mixed up. In addition, it is incompatible with the one shipped
> in the OS. But anyhow, I don't think you should worry about all this
> as a package maintainer - I'll have to sort those things out anyway
> now that we use FreeType in R :).
Thanks, it was the lack of X11 in the path that was the problem for
detection, but now I'm seeing some bad glyphs.
I'm using FTGL as a wrapper for Freetype, so the problem might be there,
or it might be the broken Freetype.
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