[triangle-zpug] can't find font problem

Joseph Mack NA3T jmack at wm7d.net
Mon Mar 31 12:19:26 UTC 2008

On Sun, 30 Mar 2008, David Handy wrote:

> In these examples, they are loading "arial.pil" from the current working
> directory, whatever that happens to be at the time the script is run. That
> is not production-quality code, it was simplified for demo purposes.

I see. I'd assumed it was production-quality :-(

> Typically, I put font files with my application.

OK. good to know. I'd assumed there'd be a font directory 
under python path somewhere.

(I had a wierd error from freefont a while ago, which took 
ages to track down. It was due to a bunch of fonts in 
/usr/lib/fonts, which is where ghostscript used to look for 
them. I had to remove that directory for the error to go 
away. There's nothing in the freefont/freetype documentation 
about looking outside its own font directories or in google 
to handle the error. Why can't everyone agree on a single 
directory for fonts for heaven's sake, or if they're going 
to use a different directory, to ignore the places everyone 
else puts their fonts. mutter, mutter)

> Any Python application more complicated than a single .py 
> file I usually put into a Python package directory (a 
> directory with an __init__.py file, see 
> http://docs.python.org/tut/node8.html#SECTION008400000000000000000).

got it.

> I throw the fonts and other static data files in the same 
> package directory as the .py files, and then use the 
> technique I described in my previous email to locate the 
> package directory, and load files relative to that 
> directory.

will get on to it.

> I don't know if this is "canonical", but I've seen a lot 
> of Python applications deployed this way. Using this 
> technique, it is pretty easy to make your applications 
> cross-platform compatible. Just zip up ApplicationHome and 
> you've got something you can take to another machine and 
> run.

Thanks. If the code looks normal to a python person that's 
near enough to canonical for me.


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