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Re: Backport of wxMaxima fom testing to Jessie

Hi Gunter,

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:08 PM, Gunter Königsmann <gunter@peterpall.de> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I did just get a request
> (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=796954) to backport the
> new wxMaxima version to Jessie.
> wxMaxima is a powerful gui for the program maxima that is specialised in
> solving equations not by finding the number that solve them (even if it will
> do so, if requested) but by finding an equation that does do so. It knows
> how to differentiate equations, has a reasonably powerful solver for
> equations and is even find to find solutions for most differential equations
> and integrals one will be confronted with.
> I have to admit that the bug reporter is right: The old version that is
> provided with Jessie is very buggy and really crashes constantly.
> => Did upload the package to mentors.debian.org:
> http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/w/wxmaxima/wxmaxima_15.08.2-2~bpo70+1.dsc
> ...and am requesting a review (is the first time I backport something) and
> am asking if the package could be uploaded to Jessie.

The backports suite is not the correct place to upload bugfixes (and
the backports ftpmasters will likely reject packages that are uploaded
for the sole purpose of fixing a bug in stable; feel free to search
the list archives for references). Instead, you should prepare an
upload to jessie-pu by following the instructions at [1]; this will
involve backporting the necessary fixes from the current version in
testing, to the version in jessie, ideally with as minimal of a diff
as possible (the larger the debdiff, the more likely the release team
will reject it).

Also note that if you want to prevent #796954 from automatically
causing your package to be removed from testing (assuming it's already
fixed in testing, and only affects current stable), make sure you
update the bug's metadata to reflect that (i.e. using "fixed" with the
right version, see [2]).


[1] https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/pkgs.html#upload-stable
[2] https://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control

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