Debian Bug report logs - #687176
fonts-taml-udeb: Broken 'space' glyph

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Package: fonts-taml-udeb; Maintainer for fonts-taml-udeb is Debian-IN Team <>; Source for fonts-taml-udeb is src:fonts-samyak.

Reported by: Cyril Brulebois <>

Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:15:01 UTC

Severity: serious

Tags: d-i, upstream

Found in version fonts-samyak/1.2.2-2

Fixed in version fonts-samyak/1.2.2-3

Done: Vasudev Kamath <>

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Bug#687176; Package fonts-taml-udeb. (Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:15:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Cyril Brulebois <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: fonts-taml-udeb: Broken 'space' glyph
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:12:21 +0200
[Message part 1 (text/plain, inline)]
Package: fonts-taml-udeb
Version: 1.2.2-2
Severity: serious
Tags: d-i
Justification: Breaks Tamil display


I've noted problems with displaying the 'space' glyph in d-i, and
managed to reproduce it outside d-i. Looking at the Samyak-Tamil.ttf it
looks to me that having 'space' as glyph #0 is a bad idea. Fontforge
  0 (0x0000) U+0020 .notdef SPACE

>From past experiments at work, ISTR that glyph 0 (noted .notdef anyway)
isn't too be used, which could explain that issue.

One could probably fix this issue by “moving” that glyph to a non-0
glyph ID, keeping a dummy/not def glyph for glyph ID 0.

To reproduce the bug in a non-d-i environment, I installed fonts-taml,
used strace to locate which ttf was loaded:

And I then overwrote this with the one shipped in the fonts-taml-udeb
udeb, then started 'yelp' with this command:
  LANGUAGE=ta_IN yelp

Screenshot attached.

It would be nice to have a fix in time for the merge window mentioned

Thanks for considering.

[broken-tamil.png (image/png, attachment)]

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Message #16 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Vasudev Kamath <>
Subject: Bug#687176: fixed in fonts-samyak 1.2.2-3
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:32:48 +0000
Source: fonts-samyak
Source-Version: 1.2.2-3

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
fonts-samyak, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Vasudev Kamath <> (supplier of updated fonts-samyak package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
believe that there is a problem with it please contact the archive
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Format: 1.8
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:44:11 +0530
Source: fonts-samyak
Binary: fonts-samyak fonts-samyak-deva fonts-samyak-gujr fonts-samyak-mlym fonts-samyak-orya fonts-samyak-taml fonts-taml-udeb
Architecture: source all
Version: 1.2.2-3
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: high
Maintainer: Debian-IN Team <>
Changed-By: Vasudev Kamath <>
 fonts-samyak - Samyak TrueType fonts for Indian languages
 fonts-samyak-deva - Samyak TrueType font for Devanagari script
 fonts-samyak-gujr - Samyak TrueType font for Gujarati language
 fonts-samyak-mlym - Samyak TrueType font for Malayalam language
 fonts-samyak-orya - Samyak TrueType font for Oriya language
 fonts-samyak-taml - Samyak TrueType font for Tamil language
 fonts-taml-udeb - Free TrueType fonts for Tamil language (udeb) (udeb)
Closes: 687176
 fonts-samyak (1.2.2-3) unstable; urgency=high
   * Bug fix: "Broken 'space' glyph", thanks to Cyril Brulebois
     (Closes: #687176).
   * debian/patches:
     + 02_fonts-makefile.patch is renaming of fonts-makefile.patch
     + 01_samyak-tamil-fix.patch was introduced to fix the above bug
       thanks to Kartik Mistry for the timely patch
   * Removed the Makefile from the master branch this file should be
     introduced by 02_fonts-makefile.patch was accidentally added to
     the upstream source
   * Removed .pc/ directory from git this should not be part of package
     it was a stray added to the git by mistake
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