Bug#820239: vim-gnome: uses obsolete GNOME 2 libraries

Simon McVittie smcv at debian.org
Wed Apr 6 20:53:47 UTC 2016

Package: vim-gnome
Severity: normal
User: pkg-gnome-maintainers at lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: oldlibs

The difference between vim-gtk and vim-gnome is that vim-gnome links
libgnome, a library for integration with old GNOME technologies. However,
we haven't shipped GNOME 2 since squeeze, making libgnome rather useless,
and the best vim version for GNOME 3 users at this point is vim-gtk (or
vim-gtk3, if/when it's stable enough - I've sent a patch on a separate
bug to stop it crashing on Wayland). I suspect the vim-gnome name might
be misleading vim-on-GNOME users into installing the wrong one.

The GNOME maintainers would like to get rid of libgnome and libbonobo, but
there's a really long tail of packages that still link to them. Because
there's already a replacement (vim-gtk or vim-gtk3), I would suggest
turning vim-gnome into a transitional package to one of those.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.5.0-trunk-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages vim-gnome depends on:
ii  libacl1             2.2.52-3
pn  libbonoboui2-0      <none>
ii  libc6               2.22-5
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0  2.33.2-1
ii  libglib2.0-0        2.48.0-1
pn  libgnome-2-0        <none>
pn  libgnomeui-0        <none>
ii  libgpm2             1.20.4-6.1+b2
ii  libgtk2.0-0         2.24.30-1.1
ii  libice6             2:1.0.9-1+b1
ii  liblua5.2-0         5.2.4-1
ii  libpango-1.0-0      1.38.1-1
pn  libperl5.18         <none>
ii  libpython2.7        2.7.11-7
ii  libruby2.1          2.1.5-4
ii  libselinux1         2.4-3+b1
ii  libsm6              2:1.2.2-1+b1
ii  libtcl8.6           8.6.5+dfsg-2
ii  libtinfo5           6.0+20160319-1
ii  libx11-6            2:1.6.3-1
ii  libxt6              1:1.1.5-1
ii  vim-common          2:7.4.1689-2.1
ii  vim-gui-common      2:7.4.1689-2.1
ii  vim-runtime         2:7.4.1689-2.1

vim-gnome recommends no packages.

Versions of packages vim-gnome suggests:
pn  cscope            <none>
ii  gnome-icon-theme  3.12.0-1
pn  ttf-dejavu        <none>
pn  vim-doc           <none>

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