[Freewx-maint] Bug#713864: wxwidgets2.8: Please update to 2.9 (and enable gtkprinting)

Olly Betts olly at survex.com
Sat Jul 6 03:33:27 UTC 2013

unblock 712303 with 713864
block 712303 with 613431
close 713864

On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 01:57:05PM +0200, Tobias Frost wrote:
> Reading #644571 I understand that only updateing to wxwidgets2.9 will
> solve this (or keeping libgnomeprintui2.2 some longer).
> As the gnomeprint is supposed to be removed, the only option seems to
> upgrade to 2.9 ASAP, because this will prevent kicad from being
> packaged. (and the version in debian is *really* old, breaking e.g
> some libraries (for electrical componens) avaialable in the net)

There's already an ITP bug for wxwidgets2.9:


That's the appropriate place to discuss upgrading to 2.9, so I've
adjusted your block and I'm going to close 713864.  Not having packages
of wx2.9 isn't a bug in wx2.8.

The fundamental problem which still remains is that wx 2.9 isn't ABI
stable, so makes it painful to maintain packages of it.  Every 2.9.x
minor release would essentially be like transitioning the archive from
wx 2.6 to 2.8.  Debian actually had packages of 2.5.x many years ago,
but I'm told it didn't work out all that well (it was before I was
involved in wx maintenance).

I've talked to wx upstream and they are aware of the pain that the
current situation is causing distros with binary packages.  Hopefully
they'll actually finally get 3.0 out, but if that isn't looking likely
to happen in time for jessie, we'll have to make a decision on what
to do.  The best option may be to pick a 2.9.x release and stick to

Meanwhile my plan is to package 2.9.5 once it is released (I'm lead to
believe it isn't far off) and upload that to experimental so we can work
on making sure all the packages which use wx are ready for a transition.
The ideal would be to have just one version of wx in jessie, be it 2.8,
2.9 or 3.0.


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