grace broken installation

Brian Inglis
Tue Jan 28 06:38:00 GMT 2020

On 2020-01-27 16:24, Hans-Bernhard Bröker wrote:
> Am 27.01.2020 um 13:58 schrieb Ken Brown:
>> On 1/26/2020 10:25 PM, Hans-Bernhard Bröker wrote:
>>> Am 25.01.2020 um 15:23 schrieb Rodrigo Medina:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Both   installations of grace-5.1.24 and grace-5.1.245 are  broken.
>>>> /usr/bin/xmgrace.exe runs but gives the message:
>>>> --> Broken or incomplete installation - read the FAQ!
>>>> and then quits.
>>> After reading the FAQ and comparing with a direct build from upstream sources, I
>>> find the reason for that is that the FontDataBase file of the distributed
>>> package is, indeed, wrong.
>>> Apparently the type1 font directory supplied by grace was replaced by a link to
>>> ghostscript's type1 font repository.  But the FontDataBase wasn't updated to
>>> match this change.  This mismatch causes xmgrace to baulk.  This change was made
>>> between revisions 5.1.24 and 5.1.25 of the cygwin package, which neatly explains
>>> why 5.1.24 works, but 5.1.25 does not.
>> See
> Yes, that's about what I figured.  The fonts supplied by xmgrace were replaced
> (in the cygport file) by a link to ghostscript's fonts, but then those were
> replaced by URW fonts, which broke xmgrace.
> OTOH the particular font files xmgrace is looking for are in yet another place
> on Cygwin:
>     /usr/share/X11/fonts/urw-fonts
> And indeed, making the /usr/share/grace/fonts/type1 symlink point there
> does appear to fix the breakage.
> So the minimal patch to grace.cygport (other than just leaving the type1
> directory of xmgrace alone) would be:
> $ diff -uwp grace.cygport{~,}
> --- grace.cygport~      2017-06-27 09:43:32.000000000 +0200
> +++ grace.cygport       2020-01-28 00:08:56.345429500 +0100
> @@ -78,7 +78,7 @@ src_install() {
>         rmdir doc
>         ln -sf ../doc/${NAME} doc
>         rm -fr fonts/type1
> -       ln -sf /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts fonts/type1
> +       ln -sf /usr/share/X11/fonts/urw-fonts fonts/type1
>         popd
>         make_desktop_entry xmgrace Grace xmgrace
> "Education;Science;DataVisualization;Motif"
> An additional/changed dependency on the urw-base35-fonts-legacy package would
> probably be needed, but I'll have to leave that to people who understand Cygwin
> packaging.

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Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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