[Pkg-mc-devel] Bug#609489: Bug#609489: If <F4> is pressed ~/.mc/cedit/Syntax is missing

Yury V. Zaytsev yury at shurup.com
Tue Jan 11 10:17:40 UTC 2011


On Tue, 2011-01-11 at 10:18 +0100, Michelle Konzack wrote:

> Sorry, the error version is 2:4.6.2~git20080311-4.
> For some minutes I have upgraded my <vserver16> from  Lenny  to  Squeeze
> with version 3: and the problem is now gone.

Aha, this sounds better to me. At least now I know which version you are
talking about. I have to admit that I have never used ~git uploads and
it is possible that this was indeed a bug which was fixed later on, if works fine for you.

> I have renamed my ~/.mc directory and now I have the same error.

Definitively sounds like a bug.

> It seems, the version 2:4.6.2-2 was a backport from you, du  to  testing
> cause another bug.  Was it for 1 1/2 years?

Certainly not, I started maintaining the package only after 4.7.0 was

> > Third, there is no chance anything gonna be fixed for 4.6.2 even if this
> > is a legitimate bug (which I doubt).
> Hey, it can not be, that I have to install 1700 empty ~/.mc/cedit/Syntax
> files to suppress an error.
> Note:   I have migrated my customers Computers from Etch to Lenny too do
>         to the upcoming release of Squeeze.

Well, what would be your suggestion then? 

1) As far as I know Debian policy on the subject, bugfixes are not
backported to "stable" unless they affect system security.

2) This versions is 2 years old, and with megabytes of code changed in
the meantime, so just try to imagine how much wasted time it would take
to track down the bugfix in these heaps of commits.

I am now really struggling to find time to get mc's Debian repository
converted to git and release on time, so I definitively can not
afford maintaining 2-years old buggy out-of-vcs snapshots.

If you can track down the patch to fix this bug and know for sure how to
get this into stable I could try to help you in as much as I can.
Sincerely yours,
Yury V. Zaytsev

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