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Re: When bug fixes are applied on stable ?

Prunk Dump wrote:
> My debian wheezy clients are all affected by the following bug in gdm-3.4.1 :
> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=683338
> This bug is marked as Fixed, because it does not appear in gdm-3.8.3-1
> witch is in the Debian archive.

Ah, yes.  A typical situation.  The Debian BTS is designed around the
Unstable Sid track.  Bugs get reported against versions.  If a newer
version appears in Unstable then the bug is closed.

> This bug is forwarded to the gdm bug tracking system but it was never
> fixed in the 3.4.1 version.
> My question is when this bug will be fixed on Debian Stable ?

It will be fixed when the version that no longer has the bug is
released as a Debian Stable rlease.

> -> On the next wheezy release ?

No.  Or rather very unlikely.  It is not up to the package
maintainer.  Most package maintainers would like their packages to be
released into the next minor point release.  But it is not up to the
package maintainer.  It is up to the Debian release team what goes
into a minor point release.

Packages are updated in point releases for security issues.  They are
updated when the package has a bug that makes it significantly
unusable.  But being a production stable release packages are not
normally updated for normal bugs.


If someone were really motivated this could be patched into 3.4.1 and
a package submitted to stable-proposed-updates.  Of course then you
could simply use that patched package yourself outside of the official
Debian packages.  When you upgrade to the next Stable they would be
replaced and all would be normal.

If the package were one that was available in debian-backports then
you could install it from there.  Unfortunately for your problem with
gdm3 that package isn't in backports.  Someone could prepare a
backported package however.  Using debian-backports is generally much
easier than pushing something through stable-proposed-updates.


> -> Never on wheezy, I need to wait for the stable Jessie ?

Correct.  Unlikely on Wheezy due to it not meeting the criteria for a
stable point release update.  Would need to convince the Debian
Release team.  Normally the fix would appear in the next release.  The
next release is Jessie.

> -> When the bug will be fixed by the gdm maintainers in the 3.4.1 version ?

My best advice is to use one of the other xdm programs such as lightdm
which does not suffer from that problem.  Give lightdm a try and you
might find it superior to gdm3.  I did.

  apt-get install lightdm


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