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

Christian Beer christian.beer at aei.mpg.de
Thu Jul 6 08:55:05 UTC 2017


thanks Olly and Gianfranco for your explanations. I now understand the
issue better. I'm glad Gianfranco involved upstream because the Debian
packages are currently our primary means to distribute a recent version
of BOINC to volunteers using Debian and Ubuntu.

>> To switch to a maintained version of webkitgtk we need to migrate to
>> using wxWidgets built with GTK3.  The "rebuild" part is easy, but
>> switching to GTK3 is known to cause incompatibilities with some programs
>> using wxWidgets, or at least it's known it did - the problems may have
>> been fixed by newer versions of wxWidgets and/or those programs.  But
>> we can't know without a lot of testing.
>> The libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 maintainer suggested just dropping
>> libwxgtk-webview3.0-0v5 now, so I asked Gianfranco how that would
>> affect boinc (I had no idea if it was a key feature, or some optional
>> extra - it seems more the former) since if we drop it now, it will
>> affect users of boinc from Debian unstable and testing until the
>> transition to wx with GTK3 is ready to begin.

So our options are to sit out the migration and have boinc-manager
removed from unstable and testing in the meantime or disable the in-app
browser for this period so we still have a boinc-manager package just
without Notification support (or a rather limited text based support). I
don't know what needs to be done to add boinc-manager again after the
migration is finished if we choose the first option. Details and effort
of the second option are better discussed on boinc_dev.

>> There's wxHtmlWindow which comes as standard, but it's not a full
>> web stack (e.g. no javascript, doesn't really support CSS IIRC).
> this is something that might be better maintainable, thanks
> Even if we get to keep boinc and webview, switching to something different
> might be desirable for the near future.

Maybe this is an alternative for the migration time of wxWidgets to GTK3
which would at least offer a basic textual representation of notices. I
don't see it as a long term solution.


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