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Re: stretch: pamscale missing in Netpbm

On Tue 09 Oct 2018 at 16:16:08 +0200, Roger Price wrote:

> On Tue, 9 Oct 2018, Brian wrote:
> > On Tue 09 Oct 2018 at 14:29:59 +0200, Roger Price wrote:
> > > It looks as if pamscale is missing from Netpbm in stretch.
> > Please read http://netpbm.sourceforge.net/getting_netpbm.php
> Thanks for the link.  A strange situation. In case any other Debian user
> ever looks for "unimportant" programs in Netpbm, I attach the answer. Roger
> « But if you use Debian or Ubuntu, note that their Netpbm package is
> essentially Netpbm 9.25 from 2002, minus a bunch of unimportant programs.
> Also note that the Debian version numbering is not consistent with
> Sourceforge Netpbm, so a program may appear to be from e.g. Sourceforge
> Netpbm 10.0, but is actually 9.25. In 2002, Debian decided for various
> reasons not to distribute regular Netpbm and instead created its own
> variation of it. That variation was too hard to update with ongoing
> development on the main branch of Netpbm, so no one has done so. Ubuntu is
> based on Debian. There is a Debian bug report and a Ubuntu bug report about
> this. The Debian bug report was opened in 2006 and something updating the
> Debian package to current Sourceforge Netpbm was uploaded somewhere in June
> 2017; it will presumably be in Debian and Ubuntu releases soon. (The
> foregoing is so as of September 2017). »

The package (with pamscale) is in experimental. I am not familiar with
the criteria which would get it into unstable.


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