Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Re: aptdaemon

Just piping in to voice that oem-config-gtk is currently quite essential
to system vendors shipping Ubuntu Desktop. Any action taken here should
avoid breaking oem installs for 17.04, 17.10, etc. Whether that means
keeping aptdaemon around or porting oem-config-gtk, I don't have a clear
opinion yet.

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On Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 12:44 PM, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> I believe aptdaemon is effectively abandoned. It's been removed from
> Debian
> but it's still hanging around in Ubuntu due to a few reverse
> dependencies:
>
> % reverse-depends aptdaemon
> Reverse-Depends
> ===============
> * gnome-software
> * language-selector-gnome
> * oem-config-gtk
> * python-aptdaemon
> * python3-aptdaemon
> * sessioninstaller
>
> I think the gnome-software dependency is unnecessary. I can't find a
> reference to aptdaemon in the source, and I built a version without it in
> my
> PPA, tested it in a Zesty VM and it worked fine afaict. I've prepared a
> version that's ready for upload, which I'd like to do unless someone with
> more
> knowledge about it objects. (OTOH, it's not urgent so it can wait until
> after
> Zesty.)
>
> That leaves three remaining dependencies (ignoring python{,3}-apdaemon)
> all of
> which appear legitimate. Note that language-selector-gnome,
> oem-config-gtk,
> and sessioninstaller are only in Ubuntu, not in Debian, and each still
> have
> their own reverse dependencies.
>
> I bring this up because back in January, I uploaded aptdaemon
> 1.1.1+bzr982-0ubuntu17 which was a contributed fix for LP: #1623856; a
> problem
> with the minimum window height. I thought I'd tested the build at the
> time,
> but I got distracted with other things, and was reminded today that it's
> *still* in -proposed because its failing its tests. I don't think those
> tests
> are fixable without a fair bit of work since afaict, they are using
> obsolete
> APIs that no longer exist. The version before mine was last uploaded in
> Yakkety, and even trying to build the Yakkety version in Zesty fails. So
> my
> changes (as expected) aren't relevant and the package is simply no longer
> buildable in Ubuntu. Yay for TIL.
>
> Given the state of aptdaemon, I think it's in Ubuntu's interest to drop
> it,
> but that means porting or dropping language-selector-gnome,
> oem-config-gtk
> (src:ubuquity), and sessioninstaller. I don't know what the states of
> those
> packages are, so the best I can do is file bugs against them.
>
> Given where we are in the Zesty cycle, I recommend just dropping
> aptdaemon
> 1.1.1+bzr982-0ubuntu17 from -proposed and marking LP: #1623856 as Won't
> Fix.
> Let's try to drop aptdaemon from Ubuntu in Acrobatic Aardvark.
>
> Cheers,
> -Barry
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