[Pkg-haskell-maintainers] Bug#724636: Bug#724636: Could you please keep us posted on pandoc 1.12?

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Thu Dec 19 14:28:02 UTC 2013

Hi Martin,

Quoting Martin Quinson (2013-12-09 16:00:33)
> I would like to know if you had the opportunity to work on the 
> packaging of pandoc 1.12, please? I would love to help if I can (but I 
> don't know anything of pandoc myself, I just happen to need it).

Thanks for the interest and kind offer!

The core issue is that Pandoc lacks (non-minified) source for included 
Javascript code.

Newer upstream release has improvements related to this, but 
unfortunately needs more work to satisfy Debian Policy: Some javascript 
code is no longer shipped with Pandoc source. Unfortunately some 
Javascript code remains, and also the dropped coe is then instead 
fetched at runtime which arguably don't pass the "lonely island" test.

As I see it, the proper solution is therefore to a) package all needed 
Javascript code as independent libjs-* packages and b) work with 
upstream on favoring local code (if available) over online CDN fetching.

Alternatively - but IMO too crude - would be to package the newer 
upstream release, with remaining Javascript code stripped, and adding a 
README.Debian note that corresponding output formats are broken.

I believe some of above should be possible to help with even without 
understanding to code or the packaging, e.g. discussing this with 
upstream author - if he haven't already heard it now, as I think he's 
tracking these bugreports :-)

 - Jonas

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