Package Base Details: font-symbola

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Submitter: grawlinson
Maintainer: grawlinson (caleb)
Last Packager: grawlinson
Votes: 79
Popularity: 1.18
First Submitted: 2020-03-21 23:45
Last Updated: 2020-11-25 02:37

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caleb commented on 2020-03-25 05:53

In the latest release of this package I've introduced a workaround to force fresh downloads whenever we bump the package release number, not just the version. This should work around most people's caching issues resulting from upstream's replacing files without changing the filename or versions.

If you hit a checksum error now please flag this package as out of date.

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majamin commented on 2020-01-15 22:46

As a workaround for the missing file, ...

Since is still not available (2020-01-15) I git cloned the repo, changed PKGBUILD:17 to read: "source=("${pkgname}-${pkgver}.zip::"

Ran makepkg -si from terminal. Success!

I used the web archive link as suggested by @sanerb.


sanerb commented on 2019-12-15 16:30

For those just trying to get this to build and need the file, it's available on the Internet Archive.

curl -sL -o ""

malae commented on 2019-12-11 04:44

@ pychuang “The problem is that it's "probably" illegal to download the fonts from other websites.”

The License Agreement does not state that there is any restriction to downloading from other sites and the first part of the USER paragraph from the license implies that the UFAS download may be available on sites other than the site. The Developer could only restrict their downloading by making agreements with such sites or taking actions against them to prevent their downloading.

“USER: refers to anyone who downloads UFAS from this, or any other site; may use UFAS for strictly personal and non-commercial purposes, without charge; is allowed a single instantiation and no network installation;”

The next part states the restrictions on users who have downloaded UFAS:

“agrees not to adapt, modify, alter, translate, convert, or otherwise change UFAS; may not host, loan to service bureaus or in any way redistribute UFAS, with or without charge; may not license, sell, rent, lease, sublicense, lend, or in any way distribute UFAS for profit. Commercial or educational use of UFAS is not permitted”

pychuang commented on 2019-12-10 11:32

@malae The problem is that it's "probably" illegal to download the fonts from other websites.

I'm not very sure, though. According to the license (, redistribution is not allowed. But I don't know if it's OK if we, as users, download the fonts from other websites. After all, we don't redistribute the fonts. We only download them.

applebloom commented on 2019-11-30 18:36

Downloading zip ( now 404-s.

malae commented on 2019-11-30 04:45

@grawlinson Apologies for my incorrect explanation. This is my first active foray into AUR after only 6 months of Linux and Arch, it was very late and I wanted to pass on my experience.

When I ran makepkg -si, it returned ... curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404 Not Found ==> ERROR: Failure while downloading Aborting... I presumably should have just said that there was a 404 error with the URL on git.

I confirmed that the file was available on from the post by kronikpillow, by downloading it.

I had been getting errors in .Xsessions-errors with symbola and assumed it was because the font was missing. After successfully installing the font, the error no longer appears.

grawlinson commented on 2019-11-29 18:06

Source is not supposed to be uploaded to the AUR so nothing is "missing", as you've claimed.

Additionally, (and any other source, unless proven otherwise) does not have the legal right to redistribute the font. This is stated in the license agreement.

malae commented on 2019-11-29 16:36

I have gone in circles with this issue, but from all information below, it can be solved: git clone If you then run cd ttf-symbola makepkg -si

it will fail because the zip file is also missing in git. Go to the ttf-symbola folder to the line starting 'source' and replace with: source=("${pkgname}-${pkgver}.zip::" "LICENSE") (URL from below) If you run makepkg -si it will fail again, because checksum is not valid at your own risk, run: makepkg -si --skipchecksums This worked for me.

grawlinson commented on 2019-11-29 16:17

Note from upstream:

New versions of all fonts will be uploaded after the release of Unicode version 13, March 2020.

This is a known issue and is out of anyone’s control, except the author.

grawlinson commented on 2019-11-29 16:15

iago-lito: It seems that the upstream author has removed all of their fonts, which is unfortunate. Additionally, AUR helpers generally aren’t supported.

graves501: That isn’t enough information to give you a sufficient answer.