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

Olly Betts olly at survex.com
Thu Jul 27 00:21:21 UTC 2017

On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:05:57AM +0200, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:
> OK I see that porting is already done upstream in the link you quoted. So
> yeah, it'd be a matter of moving to that. This probably needs a library
> transition though.

The problem is that wx's GTK3 support is still much buggier than its
GTK2 support.  Upstream wx seem quick to fix bug reports about GTK3
shortcomings when they can reproduce them, but they've been unable to
reproduce some which I can reproduce in their own sample code, e.g.:


So this transition is going to be a lot more work than tweaking
wxwidgets3.0's debian/control and debian/rules, uploading and then
bin-nmuing 100 or so packages.  It's going to need a lot of testing
of rdeps, and that's likely to uncover a significant number of upstream
bugs which we'll ideally need to find reproducers for.

My plan is to put a build of wxwidgets3.0 using GTK3 in experimental (or
maybe unstable) so maintainers of rdeps can try it and we can gauge how
realistic switching is in this release cycle.

But as I've said already, I don't have a problem with just disabling
webview before buster if it comes to it.  It just seems unhelpful to
boinc users running testing to do that right now, unless you're actually
at the point of removing the old webkitgtk from testing.


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