If am interested in the installation of Source-Sans-Pro adobe font which can be procured from this location: https://github.com/adobe-fonts/source-sans-pro

According to the documentation given on the page, this requires the makeotf CLI, for installing the fonts from source.

According to the Adobe website, https://www.adobe.com/devnet/opentype/afdko.html, makeotf is part of AFDKO toolkit, which can be installed using pip as mentioned in https://github.com/adobe-type-tools/afdko.

However, the makeotf command is still not available on the shell.

PS: The source sans pro is available as OTF on github, but LibreOffice fails to recognise the OTF, and does not show it in the list of available fonts, even if fc-cache -fv is run both as an administrator and a user.

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Read the README.md file in the root directory of the afdko source tree. Install the necessary files. I setup a virtual environment using the First Install Option and obtained the necessary tools which were available in the virtual python environment: makeotf, otf2ttf, ttfcomponentizer...

I used these in the Sanssource master tree to build the fonts for both otf and ttf. The build.sh produced an error. So, I just build them one at a time based on the one example given in the README.md file. My python version was more recent than that mentioned in the docs. But it worked anyway.

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