[Freewx-maint] wxWidgets GTK+ 3

Olly Betts olly at survex.com
Sat Sep 24 23:11:14 UTC 2016

On 31 August 2016 at 14:39, Scott Talbert <swt at techie.net> wrote:
> I know GTK+ 3 has been discussed before, and I know you've had reservations,
> but what do you think about building for GTK+ 3 alongside GTK+ 2?  That way,
> individual dependencies could be migrated as they are ready.

Parallel packages increases the maintenance work, and I don't have time to spare
for that currently - I already have enough things I want to get sorted
out before
the upcoming freeze.  This would also increase the maintenance work for some
dependent packages (wxpython, wxperl, wxglade, etc would likely need parallel
versions too).

If you really want to make a case for this, I think a list of concrete
benefits are
needed - all I can see in your email seems to amount to "some dependent
packages are ready".

My preference is still to do the migration along with the next wx
version (so 3.2),
assuming that comes along in a timely fashion.  And if it doesn't look
like it'll
be out soon enough, then to start work on GTK+3 early in a Debian release cycle.
That would give us some hope of being able to migrate everything and drop the
GTK+2 packages so we can avoid having to support two parallel versions for a
whole stable release cycle.  And if the migration is problematic, issues can at
least get shaken out, and either fixed or affected dependent packages can revert
to the GTK+2 version before the freeze.


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