[Freewx-maint] Bug#790222: [boinc_dev] Bug#790222: wxwidgets3.0: depends on libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 which is deprecated

Christian Beer christian.beer at aei.mpg.de
Wed Jul 5 15:53:14 UTC 2017


I'm not sure I fully understand the issue. So I'll try to explain what I

Debian is going to remove the package "libwebkitgtk-1.0-0" in testing
(buster) which will also remove the package "libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5"
which is a dependency for package "boinc-manager" which means
"boinc-manager" will have a broken dependency.

One possible fix is to rebuild the package "libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5"
using GTK3 which means all wxWidgets packages need to be rebuilt too.
Since "boinc-manager" is the only package using
"libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5" you want to rather drop webview support on
Debian than rebuilding wxWidgets.

So our (BOINC's) options are rather limited in order to keep
"boinc-manager" working on Debian. We can start to look for an
alternative to wxWebView or disable it on Debian. But disabling is not
an option since we use wxWebView to communicate to the users of
boinc-manager via this simple but effective in-app browser. We also have
a tool that uses wxWebView to show a HTML page as a screensaver which is
easy for scientific projects to use.

Please correct me if I'm wrong and/or give some more options. I'm a bit
puzzled as to the fact that this feature of wxWidgets is not used by
more packages. Is there a history available which packages depended on
"libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5" in the past so one can find out what they did?


On 05.07.2017 16:18, Gianfranco Costamagna wrote:
> Hello All,
> (boinc developers, this is a serious issue for Debian and I think this will become an issue
> for other distributions soon),
> libwebkitgtk-1 is going to be removed soon from the archive, and wxwidgets webview depends on it.
>> On Sat, Jul 01, 2017 at 08:23:08PM -0400, Jeremy Bicha wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 8:47 PM, Olly Betts <olly at survex.com> wrote:
>>>> It seems the only rdep needing the webkit integration is boinc, so
>>>> dropping support would not cause widespread pain - if it gets to the
>>>> stage where wxwidgets3.0 is blocking removal of webkitgtk, I suggest
>>>> we just drop the dependency and the libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5, etc
>>>> packages and get boinc to update not to use them.
>>> Wouldn't libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5 need to be renamed anyway? So maybe
>>> it's ok to drop it and later you can reintroduce it with the new name
>>> when you're ready to do your transition.
>> If there's an ABI change, it'll need renaming.  It's not clear to me if
>> there will be one without further investigation.
>> Either way, dropping it would affect boinc in unstable while it's gone,
>> which is really more of a concern than a trip through NEW.  I don't know
>> what boinc does with webview, so I'm not sure if removing it renders
>> boinc almost useless or if it only affects some minor features, but
>> previously Gianfranco seemed unkeen on dropping it.  I've CCed him.
> webview is used by boinc for notifications coming from server side,
> does wxwidgets offer some better maintained webview support?
> we might switch to gtk-3, this will switch the 
> libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 dependency to 
> libwebkitgtk-3.0-0, but I'm not sure how much we will gain from that move.
> G.
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