'recommends: fonts-noto-cjk' causes oversized Ubuntu Server ISO

Bug #1625734 reported by Joshua Powers on 2016-09-20
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ghostscript (Ubuntu)
Gunnar Hjalmarsson

Bug Description

Due to the change in bug# 1621210, ghostscript now recommends fonts-noto-cjk. This package is a ~76MB in size and put the Ubuntu Server ISO well over the 700MB limit.

The Ubuntu Server team has considered the following:

1) Remove the print server task. Currently, in Xenial and Yakkety, the print server task does not even show up as an option due to bug# 1624519. However, removing this is a rather large tasks to take up right before a release. We would like to avoid this option if possible.

2) Blacklist fonts-noto-cjk in the server-ship seed [1]. We were told that blacklisting is for very specific causes and this was not an appropriate use case.

3) Change the recommends of ghostscript on fonts-noto-cjk.

4) Other?

[1] http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-core-dev/ubuntu-seeds/ubuntu.yakkety/view/head:/server-ship

Robie Basak (racb) wrote :

Gunnar, do you have an opinion on this? What would be the consequence of reverting the ghostscript change?

Robie Basak (racb) wrote :


Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Bug #1621210 was originally a MIR request for the fonts-android source package, which was removed from main in Xenial when fonts-noto-cjk replaced fonts-droid as the default font for Chinese on the desktops.

So AFAICT, reverting the ghostscript change, i.e. recommending fonts-droid-fallback instead, would require a revival of that MIR request, so fonts-android is moved to main in 16.10. It's fully doable; there is no conflict or something like that. (Only unnecessary from a desktop POV.)

Joshua Powers (powersj) wrote :

Gunnar, is there anything we can do to help get that MIR going again?

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

I filed bug #1626245. HTH.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :
tags: added: patch
Changed in ghostscript (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → In Progress
tags: added: packaging
Nish Aravamudan (nacc) wrote :

@Gunnar, thank you for the patch! I modified the changelog (as ubuntu5 has been uplaoded since then) and uploaded.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ghostscript - 9.19~dfsg+1-0ubuntu6

ghostscript (9.19~dfsg+1-0ubuntu6) yakkety; urgency=medium

  * debian/rules:
    + Revert the dependency change in 9.19~dfsg+1-0ubuntu3
      (LP: #1625734, LP: #1626245).

 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:50:00 +0200

Changed in ghostscript (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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