[Pkg-pascal-devel] Bug#985946: patch proposal

David Bannon dbannon at internode.on.net
Mon Nov 29 03:43:06 GMT 2021

Hi Paul, Abou,

I could only find one end user complaining about this issue on the
Lazarus Forum (although from memory, there were more). 

Often, people who ask on the forum are advised to install Lazarus from
source, either directly or using a tool called  fpcupdeluxe. Thats for
a number of reasons including Lazarus's relatively short release cycle,
having Lazarus in user space makes cross compiling and debugging a
great deal easier and, I suspect, a touch of confusion arrising from
the large number of individual packages that make make up a Lazarus
install in the Debian Repos.

Further, uses can download deb packages, prepared by the Lazarus
developers, that also address some of the above issues.

So, its hard to tell how many Lazarus uses get their Lazarus from
Debian Repos. On the other hand, building a Lazarus app for Debian
definitely requires the Debian Lazarus and fortunately, that is not
affected by this bug.

I suspect a few, casual users will be put off using it, its quite a
threatening error message. Unfortunately, it looks like what happens
when  multiple Lazarus version use the same config files, the forum and
wiki have clear warning there NOT to manually edit version.inc and for
good reason.

Considering that Bullseye will be with us for some time now, I do think
its quite a disruptive bug.

On the other hand, if considerable effort is required to fix it in
Bullseye, maybe it would a good idea to wait for Lazarus 2.2.0 ?  Its
been in release candidate mode for 4 months now and cannot too far away


On Sun, 2021-11-28 at 10:12 +0100, Paul Gevers wrote:
> Hi,
> On 27-11-2021 15:38, Abou Al Montacir wrote:
> > On Wed, 2021-11-24 at 10:38 +1100, David Bannon wrote:
> > > Yep, Sid does not have this problem, all good !
> > > 
> > > Is there anything that can be done about Bullseye ?
> > Yes, we can upload 2.0.12 to backports, however there are still a
> > few 
> > issues I'd like to fix before, unless Paul or someone else have
> > time to 
> > do so.
> I didn't follow closely enough to judge this case, but bugs can be
> fixed 
> in point releases [1]. Of course there's effort and risk involved in 
> point releases, so normally we'd want bugs to be annoying and/or
> severe 
> enough to warrant the process and risks.
> Paul
> [1] 
> https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/pkgs.html#upload-stable
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