Packaging the new WebKitGTK+ 2.6 series

Emilio Pozuelo Monfort pochu at
Mon Aug 4 22:14:13 UTC 2014

On 04/08/14 15:20, Alberto Garcia wrote:
> WebKitGTK+ 2.5.1 has just been published. This is the first
> development release of the upcoming 2.6 series.
> WebKitGTK+ has two APIs: the classic one and the more recent
> WebKit2. The classic one is now often referred to as "WebKit1".
> WebKit1 supports GTK+2 and GTK+3, while WebKit2 only supports GTK+3.
> In Debian we have packages for all three cases:
>    libwebkitgtk-1.0-0    (WK1, GTK2)
>    libwebkitgtk-3.0-0    (WK1, GTK3)
>    libwebkit2gtk-3.0-25  (WK2, GTK3)
> The most important change of this new series is the removal of the
> WebKit1 API. Bugfix releases of the 2.4.x series will be made for some
> time, but otherwise it's expected that applications switch to WebKit2
> if they want to use the newest developments.
> Here's a blog post summarizing the situation:
> Although WebKit1 is formally deprecated, there is still a significant
> number of programs using it (midori, banshee, xxxterm, shotwell,
> liferea, evolution, ...) so we need to keep the old packages around.

Yes. I started filing bugs against webkit1 rdeps. I only did the python-webkit
rdeps so far, need to do the rest.

> So we need to package both series separately (like we already do with
> e.g. gtk+2.0 and gtk+3.0), we could have a new "webkit2gtk" package
> with the new series. If I'm not wrong this needs a new ITP bug, right?

An ITP is not needed. After all, this is just a new release of an existing
package, with a different src name for technical reasons. The ITP won't hurt
though, so feel free to file one.

I also thought of renaming it to src:webkit2gtk, fwiw :-)

> Note also that the ABI has changed, so applications need to be rebuilt
> against the new series (there will be libwebkit2gtk-4.0-XX).

Yeah. When libwebkit2gtk-3.0 has no rdeps, we can remove it and keep
src:webkitgtk building webkit1 only (until that can also be removed).

> If all this looks fine to you, I can prepare the ITP one of these
> days.
> Opinions? Comments?

Sounds good! Let me know if you want me to take a look at your changes. I can't
work on this much until next month, but I can at least review it if that's needed.


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