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Bug#824192: wine: please add new wine-gecko source package


> I was wondering if somebody is working on this

AFAIK noone on wine-gecko (but I'd be happy to be wrong).  For wine-mono
there was some work half a year ago, but I haven't seen any results.

> In the
> past the wine in Debian would at least try to download wine gecko from official
> binary files at winehq.org, and now even that is gone
Downloading from a 3rd party (including upstream) is exactly what we
want to prevent.  Did I miss something, or are you confusing something here?

> I know it is know (and documented in README.Debian.gz), but I couldn't find exact
> details what are the current blockers to build it in Debian using debian
> libraries. Is it because it is somehow forked vesion of Gecko? It is fully
> understandable tho, and can be considered a separate project, as it provides
> completly different functionality than gecko. Is it a security support?
> Or some other reasons?

I guess the main reason is just time, or generally a person who is
willing to work on this.  One of the main blockers in the past afaik was
handling the copyright.

The good news is that upstream recently fixed the build with python3 and
current gcc - so if these were blockers now is a good time to start again.

In the mean time, if you can't help on packaging, the best option
probably is to download the installers manually to your user's
.cache/wine.  Then Wine will check the correct version and checksum of
the installer and install it automatically.  For wine 4.0 this is:

cd ~/.cache/wine
wget http://dl.winehq.org/wine/wine-gecko/2.47/wine_gecko-2.47-x86.msi
wget http://dl.winehq.org/wine/wine-gecko/2.47/wine_gecko-2.47-x86_64.msi
wget http://dl.winehq.org/wine/wine-mono/4.7.5/wine-mono-4.7.5.msi


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