Ubuntu LTS GnuCash "Frozen" at 2.6.9; exception needed

John Ralls jralls at ceridwen.us
Thu Feb 25 19:12:00 EST 2016

> On Feb 25, 2016, at 3:38 PM, Tommy Trussell <tommy.trussell at gmail.com> wrote:
> Earlier today on gnucash-user I suggested the next LTS version of Ubuntu,
> 16.04 "Xenial Xarus" would include GnuCash 2.6.11. After I wrote that
> message I checked [1] and found that's not exactly correct... according to
> the release schedule [2] Ubuntu Xenial's Debian Import Freeze occurred a
> few days ago. While the import picked up the 2.6.11 version of the
> documentation package, the software is still at version 2.6.9. I believe
> the mis-match should not be a problem for the documentation package.
> HOWEVER I wish the repository did not contain GnuCash 2.6.9. That version
> has a major QIF import bug and a few other important things that were fixed
> in 2.6.11 (see the announcement at gnucash.org for a list).
> As we have seen, some fraction of Ubuntu users (including me) plus a number
> of other linux distros use the Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) repository.
> That's why for almost two years we've had to talk many folks through
> updating from the unusually buggy version 2.6.1 of GnuCash in the Ubuntu
> 14.04 LTS "Trusty" repository.
> I want to create a bug to petition to get 2.6.11 into Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
> "Xenial," as described in [3].
> Unfortunately I may need some help; it looks like before the bug gets
> accepted it needs the Ubuntu deb source package (and the build logs to
> prove it works).
> Does anyone here have a the necessary skills? Would it be unfair to use the
> getdeb source package (maybe with a few minor textual updates for Xenial)?
> I just finished downloading a daily image of Xenial [4] but I haven't yet
> tried to build GnuCash in it.
> I'm willing to tackle this myself but I am slow. Maybe someone else on
> these lists is closer than I am already.
> P.S:
> 1) I find the Debian Tracker [5] useful.
> 2) I don't know of a way to get items from the getdeb.net repository
> without adding it to your sources.list, but of course it's easy enough to
> add a deb-src entry, apt-get update, grab gnucash using apt-get source,
> then remove it again.
> [1] http://packages.ubuntu.com/xenial/gnucash
> [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseSchedule
> [3] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FreezeExceptionProcess
> [4] http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/
> [5] https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/gnucash

Yeah, but you might have asked on the wrong list: Sébastien Villemot, the Debian packager, has posted from time to time on gnucash-user but not here on gnucash-devel.

John Ralls

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