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orphaned programs ...

Postby amnesix » 23 May 2019 08:42

For some reason, some programs disappear from the buster repository. I guess it is just evolution. But some of them are really good and useful, and i find it sad.

glipper : to my knowledge, it is the only clip manager with a «snippet» function that I've been using for years. I have find a way to install it on ee, using three .debs from stretch, but i'm not sure this is really ok (gconf-service_3.2.6-4+b1_amd64.deb, python-gconf_2.28.1+dfsg-1.2_amd64.deb, and of course glipper_2.4-6_all.deb)

Missing also : tomboy. Now I'll be trying to install it. [edit : flatpak. Not a reflex yet, sorry ...]

But who decides to kill a program ? Can I lodge an appeal somewhere ?

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Re: orphaned programs ...

Postby grizzler » 23 May 2019 12:27

Whenever a package disappears, I usually check the package tracker: https://tracker.debian.org/
The information is behind the links in the 'news' section, but sometimes you have to 'dig' a bit before you find the actual reason for the removal.

In the case of glipper, you end up here: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo ... bug=888700
That package appears to be 'dead upstream'.

The tomboy package seems to have lost its Debian maintainer: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo ... bug=907316

As Debian is essentially 'run' by volunteers, I would expect the response to an appeal to be along the lines of "go ahead and fix it yourself"... ;)

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Re: orphaned programs ...

Postby ilu » 23 May 2019 17:27

"dead upstream" means the original developer lost interest for some reason. Since this is all open source, anybody can take over. Instead of "appealing" you need to find somebody who's interested to do so. Like you did with gdebi, apparently. :lol:

And after fixing there's the not so straightforward issue about getting the fixed version into debian. But that's not really a problem for us because Arjen could always host the package in our repos.

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