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Re: Lilypond and distribution bugtrackers [was: LSR is not at the stable

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Lilypond and distribution bugtrackers [was: LSR is not at the stable release level]
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:47:48 +0200
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Martin Tarenskeen <address@hidden> writes:

> On Tue, 2 Oct 2012, Graham Percival wrote:
>>> If not, perhaps it's worth subscribing bugs-lilypond to trackers for
>>> the major distros (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) so that the
>>> development team at least gets alerted to the issues out there?
>> Those distros can come talk to us if they want to send good bug
>> reports to the proper place.
> It surprises me they don't do that already.
> Isn't Open Source also about sharing bugreports and bugfixes?

apt-cache search .|wc -l

It just depends how the person responsible for packaging a given piece
of software relates to the package.

The current packaging of xpdf in Ubuntu 12.04 segfaults.  In 11.10 it
worked, in 11.04 and 10.10 it segfaulted again, with exactly the same
symptoms.  The fix done in 11.10 would presumably apply quite similarly
to 12.04.

The difference for 12.04 is labeled as "no-change recompile for
libpoppler6".  The only user-visible change is that upon opening an xpdf
file, xpdf segfaults.  Where is the point in such an "update" for the

Naturally, like with the previous versions, the bug is reported in the
Ubuntu tracker and is being ignored.

Getting a distribution of LilyPond 2.14 rather than the current 2.16, in
comparison, may be labelled a luxurious treatment.

The answer in either case is obvious: get somebody who cares about the
respective piece of software responsible for it.  And the people who
care about LilyPond are more likely to be found among LilyPond
developers than under Ubuntu maintainers stuck with a wagonload of
packages to maintain that they don't use themselves.

David Kastrup

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