dejavu-* vs dejavu-lgc-*

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Mon May 16 16:38:31 EDT 2011

In the process of preparing a custom 10.1.3 img for Armenia, I
realized that we don't have wide coverage of unicode glyphs in our
default img; and that you only need ~1MB extra in fonts to have it.

We currently install the DejaVu "LGC" fonts, which are a cut-down
version of the DejaVu fonts -- they save some space by only including
Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. The LGC set takes 7.3 MB installed.

The full set takes 8.3 MB installed.

With the full set, I can display webpages in Armenian, Chinese (unsure
which) and Taiwanese in my very limited testing -- which had given me
the "missing unicode glyph" glyph.

I propose the DejaVu LGC fontset -- as it stands today -- is not worth
our time. Perhaps someone was carving it out deeper/better?

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