To enable HarfBuzz bindings for Python among other languages, make sure you have latest version of gobject-introspection available. On Ubuntu, you can install that this way:
sudo apt-get install libgirepository1.0-dev
And then run
autogen.sh (if building from git), and then:
./configure --with-gobject --enable-introspection
Make sure that gobject-introspection is reported enabled then in the
configure script output.
Compile and install.
Make sure you have the installation lib dir in
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, as needed for the linker to find the library.
Then make sure you also have
GI_TYPELIB_PATH pointing to the resulting
Make sure you have pygobject installed. Then check that the following import works in your Python interpreter:
from gi.repository import HarfBuzz
If it does, you are ready to call HarfBuzz from Python! Congratulations. See
The Python API will change. Let us know on the mailing list if you are using it, and send lots of feedback.