[Pkg-pascal-devel] Bug#714025: Bug#714025: Please remove svgalib support

Paul Gevers elbrus at debian.org
Fri Oct 4 05:08:30 UTC 2013

On 03-10-13 22:38, peter green wrote:
> Moritz Muehlenhoff wrote:
>> Package: fpc
>> Severity: important
>> fp-units-gfx-2.6.2 uses svgalib, which is scheduled for removal
>> from the archive. Please disable it and drop the build-dep on
>> libsvga1-dev.
> Sorry for not responding to this bug earlier

And sorry for me not responding earlier. I have been working on fpc last
week/weekend and probably get something reasonable next week.

> The practice adopted by the fpc package so-far has been to let the
> upstream build process build these import units regardless of whether or
> not debian supplies the corresponding libraries. If the libraries are in
> debian we depend on them to make things work out of the box but if the
> libraries aren't present in debian we just leave it up to the users to
> work out how to get the libraries they need to actually make use of the
> import units.
> As such if noone objects I intend to remove the dependency on svgalib
> and make no other changes.

Well, *I* don't like that. As discussed not so long ago, I consider it
the task of the maintainer (and I start to consider myself fpc
maintainer as well) to make sure the package works in Debian. That
includes making sure that dependencies/recommends are properly in place.
As such, I think that making sure we don't build stuff that people can't
easily use is the right thing to do.

Anyway, either way we go, I really think we should document these ideas
really clearly in the README.Debian. I myself was surprised to find this
out recently when I packaged view3dscene.


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