libxfont1-dev conflicts with libxfont-dev in Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS

Bug #1712437 reported by Kenneth Hill on 2017-08-22
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Bug Description

Unable to install libxfont1-dev alongside libxfont-dev in Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS on amd64 and ppc64el.

Description: Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
Release: 16.04
Codename: xenial

kernel: 4.4.0-92-generic

sudo apt-get install libxfont-dev libxfont1-dev
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libxfont-dev libxfont1-dev
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 5 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/251 kB of archives.
After this operation, 972 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Selecting previously unselected package libxfont-dev.
(Reading database ... 249388 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libxfont-dev_1%3a2.0.1-3~ubuntu16.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libxfont-dev (1:2.0.1-3~ubuntu16.04.1) ...
Preparing to unpack .../libxfont1-dev_1%3a1.5.1-1ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libxfont1-dev (1:1.5.1-1ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libxfont1-dev_1%3a1.5.1-1ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/share/doc/libxfont-dev/fontlib.html', which is also in package libxfont-dev 1:2.0.1-3~ubuntu16.04.1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/libxfont1-dev_1%3a1.5.1-1ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

It appears both packages maintain these files:
  /usr/share/doc/libxfont-dev/fontlib.html
  /usr/share/doc/libxfont-dev/fontlib.txt.gz

The libxfont1-dev package in zesty and artful do not use the libxfont-dev path:
  /usr/share/doc/libxfont1-dev/changelog.Debian.gz
  /usr/share/doc/libxfont1-dev/copyright
  /usr/share/doc/libxfont1-dev/fontlib.html
  /usr/share/doc/libxfont1-dev/fontlib.txt.gz

This problem did not occur ~1 month ago.

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