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Getting LibOFX 0.9.4 in distributions

Benoit Grégoire-2
Running libofx and Gnucash from source, I didn't realise that the
dirtributions were generally years out of date, so most users were having
numerous crashes still with OFX imports (brigning down the entire client
application, not just libofx), as well as international caracter issues.  
Furthermore, distribution-specific patches for which fixes were sometimes
integrated upstream years ago were sarting to accumulate.

Luckily, Christian moved us to Git (Thanks!), brigning Libofx closer to my
usual workflow and tooling.  Furthermore a recent laptop upgrade caused me to  
to use stock package and see first hand how disastrous the situation actually
was on Ubuntu, I tried to spend some time sorting out the distro situation.

This was the focus of 0.9.4 release.  Here's where we stand now:

Ubuntu:
- At least now the info on https://launchpad.net/libofx is accurate
- I created a ppa that always has the latest snapshot directly from git, for
Natty and Maverick: https://launchpad.net/~benoitg/+archive/ppa
- Natty:  I fixed up the packaging (no lint warnings), and sent a merge request
for this branch
https://code.launchpad.net/~benoitg/ubuntu/natty/libofx/libofx.new-upstream-
fix-661809-629996 .  However, this close to Natty's release, and without Debian
up to date, I'm not sure how much of a chance it has to get merged.  Then-
again with the Ubuntu patch for https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-jp-
improvement/+bug/629996 causing a serious regression you never know.

Fedora 15:
- Already in testing (thanks Bill!):
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/libofx

MacOSX:
- The maintainer requested changes (Environment variable to define DTD path) to
make his life easier, which were implemented.  This may also help on Windows.

Debian:
- As far as I know, all their patches are upstream or obsolete
- I'm completely unfamiliar with the process to get an update in (and using
their bug tracker in general), but I dit request it at the end of:  
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=551057

For everyone's general information:
-I DO still read libofx-devel regularly
-I DO read the bug tracker at
https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=61170&atid=496353 and review every
patch (if with a pretty long lag time)
-To summarize, I do not actively develop the package, and I am not very
responsive (this is unlikely to change anytime soon).  But if anyone wants to
develop (this should be much easier now with git), your patches will NOT fall
into a black hole.

Thanks for everyone who helped recently!
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Re: Getting LibOFX 0.9.4 in distributions

Derek Atkins
Benoit,

Benoit Grégoire <[hidden email]> writes:

[snip]

> For everyone's general information:
> -I DO still read libofx-devel regularly
> -I DO read the bug tracker at
> https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=61170&atid=496353 and review every
> patch (if with a pretty long lag time)
> -To summarize, I do not actively develop the package, and I am not very
> responsive (this is unlikely to change anytime soon).  But if anyone wants to
> develop (this should be much easier now with git), your patches will NOT fall
> into a black hole.
>
> Thanks for everyone who helped recently!

Glad to hear from you again!  Hope all is well.

-derek

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Re: Getting LibOFX 0.9.4 in distributions

Micha Lenk-3
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Hi Benoit,

I hope I can shade a little bit light on the situation of libofx in Debian.

Am 20.04.2011 18:53, schrieb Benoit Grégoire:
> Debian:
> - As far as I know, all their patches are upstream or obsolete

Good to know. :)

> - I'm completely unfamiliar with the process to get an update in (and using
> their bug tracker in general), but I dit request it at the end of:  
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=551057

You need to convince a Debian Developer to upload an updated package.
Currently Thomas Bushnell is responsible for libofx, but from what I've
seen he seems to have last commented on any libofx Bugs more than three
years ago, and last uploaded an updated libofx package more than two and
a half years ago. So, this is definitely a problem on Debian's side
(which also impacts on Ubuntu).

I've contacted Thomas Bushnell and asked him whether I can help to
improve the situation.

By the way: The canonical way to interact with the Debian bug tracker is
via mail. To open a new bug, it is most convenient to run any form of
reportbug.

Regards,
Micha
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