mkcfm is needed for some fonts, but lacks an appropriate license for Ubuntu

Bug #24873 reported by Jun Kobayashi on 2005-11-01
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
x-ttcidfont-conf (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When I apt-get install cmap-adobe-japan1,
/var/lib/defoma/scripts/x-ttcidfont-conf.defoma calls /usr/bin/mkcfm, but there
is no mkcfm. Output as follows:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/418kB of archives.
After unpacking 1585kB of additional disk space will be used.

Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously deselected package cmap-adobe-japan1.
(Reading database ... 149373 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking cmap-adobe-japan1 (from .../cmap-adobe-japan1_0+20040605-1_all.deb) ...
Setting up cmap-adobe-japan1 (0+20040605-1) ...
Can't exec "/usr/bin/mkcfm": No such file or directory at
/var/lib/defoma/scripts/x-ttcidfont-conf.defoma line 791.

Daniel Stone (daniels) wrote :

we can't even possibly hope to distribute mkcfm:

Daniel Stone (daniels) on 2006-03-10
Changed in x-ttcidfont-conf:
assignee: daniels → nobody
aerich (richae) wrote :

I have this same problem when trying to install cmap-adobe-cns1 for chinese fonts. Does mkcfm being 'impossible' to distribute mean that we're never going to see this thing work? Why are the cmap- packages still even there if this is the case? This seems like a pretty fundamental problem.

Matt Zimmerman (mdz) wrote :

We can distribute mkcfm if the license terms are changed by the copyright holder. Perhaps someone could get in touch with SGI and bring this problem to their attention?

Matt Zimmerman (mdz) wrote :

Rejecting unneeded task, bug remains open

Changed in x-ttcidfont-conf:
status: Unconfirmed → Rejected
trollord (trollenlord) wrote :

I am closing this bug because in short the mkcfm and associated font system got deprecated by upstream. It will likely never be touched by anyone anymore. Furthermore there is no SGI anymore to ask any permissions from. For more information please see

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