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Bug#524149: blt crash on zoom



On Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:33:27 -0600
Paul Johnson <pauljohn@ku.edu> wrote:

> BLT needs fixing RIGHT NO. No more delay.

blt is orphaned. This means that it does not have a real maintainer at
the moment. Please consider adopting this package if you are interested
in it. Please see bug number #664092 for more information.

http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned

http://packages.qa.debian.org/b/blt.html

BTW always use the original bug title as the subject of emails like
this because comments on bugs in orphaned packages go to a mailing list
which covers several hundred packages.

> If the maintainer of this package is not a blt user, I can understand 
> that this does not seem like a big thing. But, speaking bluntly, blt is 
> an old piece of software that is barely (if at all maintained) by its 
> original author. Nevertheless, we are heavily dependent upon it in our 
> research. All the other distributions except Debian have patched this 
> thing. Lets step forward. please.

Those best placed to fix software are those with an interest in having
it fixed. It sounds like this is your scratch, you'll need to fix it -
without the attitude. 

> I first ran into this problem when I was an Ubuntu user.  Here's the bug 
> report about it there.
> 
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/blt/+bug/359857
> 
> It seems obvious to me this should have been done in Debian in 2010. If 
> Ubuntu did it, why not Debian.

Because nobody cared enough about it to assign it any of their free
time.

Right now, most people are more concerned about fixing the release and
this bug is not release-critical, so it is unlikely to get fixed any
time soon unless you do the work.

> For details on the fix, please skip down to:
> 
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/blt/+bug/359857/comments/9
> 
> I did not write the fix. The Fedora blt maintainers wrote two patches 
> for blt in 2010. Since then, I have been applying those patches to blt 
> packaging on my Ubuntu and Debian. They work fine.

Please look at providing a package via mentors.debian.net - there is
help via the mailing list and IRC for preparing the package itself.

http://mentors.debian.net/intro-maintainers

> Please let me know what is holding us back on this.

There is no maintainer, there is nobody interested in doing the work
and as a result, the package remains orphaned.

I have no personal interest in anything Tcl related and I won't be
fixing it. The mentors system is expressly for your situation where you
want this fixed but for a sponsor to upload the fixed package, you need
to do the work of preparing it as per the mentors guidelines.

If you are going to do the work via mentors, then you should adopt the
package, following the mentors guidelines for adoption. If you don't do
the work, the package and the bug will have to wait until someone else
is sufficiently interested and motivated to care about the package.
That's the reality of an orphaned package.

-- 


Neil Williams
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