[pkg-wine-party] Bug#585409: Bug#585409: Bug#585409: Please package wine1.2 series

Stephen Kitt steve at sk2.org
Mon Feb 27 23:18:22 UTC 2012

Hi Andrey,

On Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:49:18 +0600, Andrey Rahmatullin <wrar at wrar.name> wrote:
> On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 12:32:51AM +0200, Ove Kåven wrote:
> > Den 16. mai 2011 17:53, skrev Alessio Treglia:
> > > any news on this?
> > 
> > I've been more busy than I thought, and won't have much time for the
> > next 3 weeks.
> > 
> > It might happen sooner if Stephen Kitt were to write the get-orig-source
> > rule for wine-gecko for me, so I wouldn't have to spend time on that
> > myself. If so, perhaps I can squeeze in the time for doing the rest of
> > the packaging job between my other tasks. (But no guarantees.)
> > 
> > Otherwise, it'll be a few more weeks.
> Any news on this? It looks like we will need to use unofficial builds
> throughout the next stable too.

Currently (as you no doubt know), we have wine-gecko 1.0.0 in the archives
and the first few versions of Wine using it (up to 1.1.36). Unfortunately
despite the statement in the Wine changelog, Ove hasn't managed to find the
time to continue uploading newer versions. There's a 1.1.37 being prepared by
Scott Leggett (see the mailing list archives at
http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-wine-party/ for details), but at
this rate as you point out there's no way we'll get Wine 1.4 into Wheezy.

I'm not sure it's worth trying to continue packaging every single version at
this stage; as I see it the sensible thing to do would be to package the
various Wine 1.2 releases (I've done the packaging work already, and all the
releases are similar), then move to version 1.4, which involves:
* packaging wine-gecko 1.1 (because that's the latest version we can build
  with the tools currently available in the Debian archives)
* packaging Wine 1.3.13, 1.3.14 or 1.3.15 (because those are the only
  versions still using wine-gecko 1.1 while also providing the tools required
  to package later versions of wine-gecko)
* packaging wine-gecko 1.4 (which also needs some updates to mingw-w64, which
  I'll take care of)
* packaging Wine 1.4.

Ove had plans to improve the Wine packaging but as far as I know no one else
but him knows the details.

I've started work on the two wine-gecko packages, but I probably won't have
time to do much on them before the end of March. wine-gecko 1.1 doesn't need
much, it only needs a couple of patches from the 1.0 package to build with
current mingw-w64 so the main obstacle is the usual licensing review.
wine-gecko 1.4 is a bit more complicated. I haven't started looking at all
the changes required for the Wine packages.

Obviously Ove's still the official Wine maintainer, so he'd have the final
say. Ove, my offer to help (as per #479659) is still valid, as I dare say is
Michael's; if you no longer have the time for Wine packaging perhaps you
could process our pkg-wine-party requests on Alioth and let us work on the
existing git repository...


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