Bug#852290: inkscape: saving as "optimised SVG" fails, due to error when importing scourString

Tim Wienk tim at wienk.name
Mon Jan 23 10:19:46 UTC 2017

Package: inkscape
Version: 0.92.0-3~bpo8+1
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

Please note, this bug only applies to Debian Jessie (using inkscape from
jessie-backports and python-scour from jessie - there is no backported
version of python-scour).

When saving as an optimised SVG, inkscape uses the scour library to
optimise the SVG. An error is reported when doing so, triggered by
importing `scourString` from `scour.scour`.

The problem is most likely a result of a change in the python-scour

- In package version 0.26-3 (jessie), scour.py exists as:
- In package version 0.32-2 (stretch), scour.py exists as:

I have implemented the following patch locally to work around the

--- /usr/share/inkscape/extensions/scour.inkscape.py~
+++ /usr/share/inkscape/extensions/scour.inkscape.py
@@ -6,3 +6,6 @@
     import scour
-    from scour.scour import scourString
+    try:
+        from scour.scour import scourString
+    except Exception as e:
+        from scour import scourString
 except Exception as e:

Thanks for the continued work and effort on maintaining this package.

Kind regards,


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.7
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'stable'), (50, 'testing'), (10, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.8.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages inkscape depends on:
ii  libaspell15            0.60.7~20110707-1.3
ii  libatk1.0-0            2.14.0-1
ii  libatkmm-1.6-1         2.22.7-2.1
ii  libc6                  2.19-18+deb8u7
ii  libcairo2              1.14.0-2.1+deb8u2
ii  libcairomm-1.0-1       1.10.0-1.1
ii  libcdr-0.1-1           0.1.0-3
ii  libdbus-1-3            1.8.22-0+deb8u1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2       0.102-1
ii  libfontconfig1         2.11.0-6.3+deb8u1
ii  libfreetype6           2.5.2-3+deb8u1
ii  libgc1c2               1:7.2d-6.4
ii  libgcc1                1:4.9.2-10
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0     2.31.1-2+deb8u5
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.42.1-1+b1
ii  libglibmm-2.4-1c2a     2.42.0-1
ii  libgomp1               4.9.2-10
ii  libgsl0ldbl            1.16+dfsg-2
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.24.25-3+deb8u1
ii  libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a      1:2.24.4-1.1
ii  libgtkspell0           2.0.16-1.1
ii  libjpeg62-turbo        1:1.3.1-12
ii  liblcms2-2             2.6-3+b3
ii  libmagick++-6.q16-5    8:
ii  libmagickcore-6.q16-2  8:
ii  libmagickwand-6.q16-2  8:
ii  libpango-1.0-0         1.36.8-3
ii  libpangocairo-1.0-0    1.36.8-3
ii  libpangoft2-1.0-0      1.36.8-3
ii  libpangomm-1.4-1       2.34.0-1.1
ii  libpng12-0             1.2.50-2+deb8u3
ii  libpoppler-glib8       0.26.5-2+deb8u1
ii  libpoppler46           0.26.5-2+deb8u1
ii  libpopt0               1.16-10
ii  libpotrace0            1.12-1+deb8u1
ii  librevenge-0.0-0       0.0.1-3
ii  libsigc++-2.0-0c2a     2.4.0-1
ii  libstdc++6             4.9.2-10
ii  libvisio-0.1-1         0.1.0-2
ii  libwpg-0.3-3           0.3.0-3
ii  libx11-6               2:1.6.2-3
ii  libxml2                2.9.1+dfsg1-5+deb8u4
ii  libxslt1.1             1.1.28-2+deb8u2
ii  python                 2.7.9-1
pn  python:any             <none>
ii  zlib1g                 1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

Versions of packages inkscape recommends:
ii  aspell                0.60.7~20110707-1.3
ii  imagemagick           8:
pn  libimage-magick-perl  <none>
pn  libwmf-bin            <none>
ii  python-lxml           3.4.0-1
ii  python-numpy          1:1.8.2-2
ii  python-scour          0.26-3
pn  transfig              <none>

Versions of packages inkscape suggests:
ii  dia                  0.97.3-1
pn  libsvg-perl          <none>
pn  libxml-xql-perl      <none>
pn  pstoedit             <none>
pn  python-uniconvertor  <none>
ii  ruby                 1:2.1.5+deb8u2

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