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I can see that package fonts-liberation has extra Narrow fonts compared to fonts-liberation. Does anyone know what is the history of these two packages, and why they are different? Is fonts-liberation2 newer or older?

fonts-liberation package:

https://packages.ubuntu.com/artful/all/fonts-liberation/filelist

fonts-liberation2 package:

https://packages.ubuntu.com/artful/all/fonts-liberation2/filelist

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    Read the changelog for a start : metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/main/f/… and metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/main/f/… . It appears liberation2 is an update of liberation 1 and that the updates in 2 are not in 1 . – Panther Oct 15 '17 at 4:56
  • Thank you for linking these. Using the change log, I checked out bug Debian 699322 (bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=699322) where the following explanation is given: 'the plan is to fork off the current packaging twice and package the new upstream version in one branch and the sans-narrow font of the current package in the other one (as "fonts-liberation-sans-narrow") while keeping upstream patches on par with liberation-fonts' – PJ Singh Oct 15 '17 at 5:10
  • Great, post that as an answer and link the bug report =) – Panther Oct 15 '17 at 5:24
  • @bodhi.zazen, why don't you post it as an answer. It was your response that led me to the bug report, so you deserve the credit! :) – PJ Singh Oct 16 '17 at 0:01
  • because it was just a nudge, you did the hard work, I merely suggested where you start. – Panther Oct 16 '17 at 1:30
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The upstream (newest) version is packaged in fonts-liberation2 and does not contain the narrow fonts. At some point in the future the remaining fonts will be available a new package named fonts-liberation-sans-narrow.

Debian Bug #699322

This explanation is given Debian bug #699322 (https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=699322):

'...the plan is to fork off the current packaging twice and package the new upstream version in one branch and the sans-narrow font of the current package in the other one (as "fonts-liberation-sans-narrow") while keeping upstream patches on par with liberation-fonts.'

This bug was referenced in the changelog for fonts-liberation2 package.

Change log for fonts-liberation package:

http://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/main/f/fonts-liberation/fonts-liberation_1.07.2-6_changelog

Change log for fonts-liberation2 package:

http://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/main/f/fonts-liberation2/fonts-liberation2_2.00.1-5_changelog

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