[Freewx-maint] Bug#644571: uses libgnomeprint which is scheduled for removal

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Thu Dec 8 07:44:45 UTC 2011

On 06.12.2011 10:04, Olly Betts wrote:

> Failing a patch appearing and fixing everything for us, or 3.0 getting
> released soon, I'm wondering if it might be less work and less risk of
> breaking things for me to adopt libgnomeprintui and any dependencies for
> wheezy.  It's at least a constrained reprieve for them, as we know wx 3.0
> will have GtkPrint support.  Are these libraries actually problematic to
> keep around, or is it rather than the pkg-gnome team don't have the
> resources to keep obsolete libraries around?

It's basically libgnomeprint, libgnomeprintui and libgnomecups.
As GNOME has moved away from those libs and no current GNOME
applications use them anymore I think no one in the Debian GNOME team is
actively using and testing them anymore. At least I myself have removed
them quite some time ago. And maintaining a package which you don't use
is obviously not ideal.
As upstream stopped development, the maintenance is basically a
downstream responsibility now.
It's not that those three libs did take a vast amount of time in the
past, but rather no-one in the GNOME team wants to keep this dead code
around and be responsible for it.

>>> What are the plans regarding getting packages updated to 2.8 and
>>> removing 2.6?
> Some good news - 2.6 was removed from unstable yesterday, and so should be
> gone from testing too in 10 days, unless something RC pops up in a
> dependent package.  So progress there at least, and one less thing needing
> my time.

Nice work.


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