[Scribus] Scribus 1.2.1 crashes : Solved (?)

Craig Bradney cbradney
Tue Jan 11 11:19:48 CET 2005

On Tuesday 11 January 2005 11:06, Martin Costabel wrote:
> Martin Costabel wrote:
> []
> > Sorry for the inconvenience; stay tuned (or better, tell me why it
> > crashes :-) ).
> I have just checked in the Fink package scribus-1.2.1-2 which hopefully
> doesn't crash any more (at least not at the same point :-) ). Actually
> the scribus package is not changed, except that it requires an updated
> freetype2 package.
> So the real update to do is a rebuild of freetype2-[hinting]-shlibs to
> version 2.1.3-22 (which is automatic if you update scribus).
> Explanation for the experts (as far as I understand this at all):
> The problem was not with specific versions of freetype, but with the way
> they were compiled, actually with the version of libtool used by
> freetype. It concerns a more esoteric feature of darwin, namely the way
> how it lets you have different versions of a dynamic library coexist.
> For this to work, the libraries have to be built as "twolevel_namespace
> images" which is the default for freetype2-2.1.9, but not for earlier
> versions.
> In fact, the peculiar feature of scribus that leads to this problem is
> that it does not work with freetype-2.1.0 which is installed by Apple's
> X11. Therefore one has to have a more recent version of freetype to link
> scribus against, in our case 2.1.3. But scribus links against other
> libraries that in turn pull in the libfreetype from X11, so one ends up
> with two different copies of libfreetype loaded into memory. Now if both
> libraries are compiled as twolevel_namespace images, this can work out,
> but if one of them is a flat_namespace image, as was the case for
> freetype2-2.1.3-21, then it may happen that during program execution, a
> function from one version of libfreetype suddenly continues in the other
> version of libfreetype and this gives the crash. This happened always
> when the first Type1 font was loaded, so it didn't happen if the
> document didn't use Type1 fonts.
> Ralf, please let us know if this solves the problem for you.

Martin this is great news! (Technically, it sounds like the issue is fixed)

What is the progress of the later versions of FT?
And also fontconfig? I think with 1.3.x we will leave behind the X11 
dependency as we will more than likely move to using fontconfig for font 
discovery (fontconfig support is already in 1.3.0cvs).

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