Bug#826091: mate-desktop: clock (and included mini-weather applet) not showing after todays update (debian testing)

Santiago Vila sanvila at unex.es
Fri Jun 3 13:47:15 UTC 2016

On Thu, 2 Jun 2016, Mike Gabriel wrote:
> You need the full MATE 1.14 stack to have a working desktop again.

Hello Mike.

I have been reading some of the bugs which have been reported about
MATE lately, and I see that you keep telling the users "you need
all MATE packages to be version at 1.14 for them to work properly".

Isn't this precisely what Depends is for?

I see for example that mate-terminal in testing works again after
libmate-desktop-2-17 and mate-desktop-common entered testing today.
(Tested yesterday in a chroot and it didn't work, upgraded the chroot
today and it started to work again).

mate-terminal (and I suppose that most other MATE packages) have

Depends: mate-desktop-common

Would not make sense to make such dependency versioned?

Depends: mate-desktop-common (>= 1.14.1)

I have the feeling that this little change not only would have
prevented the current little mess, but might also prevent similar
cases in the future.

In particular, Britney would have done the right thing here, which is
not to let MATE packages to enter testing before mate-desktop-common does.


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