[Vm-dev] Packaging vm 3.11.3 for Debian

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Dec 29 19:59:13 UTC 2009

On 29.12.2009, at 15:57, David T. Lewis wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 01:55:12PM +0100, Jos? L. Redrejo Rodr?guez wrote:
>> Hi, in the process to upload a new version of the vm to Debian, I've
>> been redoing the packaging and testing it a bit.
>> The results are available at
>> http://svn.debian.org/viewsvn/pkg-squeak/packages/squeak-vm/trunk/debian/ or to anyone joining to the collaborative project to maintain squeak in Debian:
>> https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pkg-squeak/
> Excellent, thanks!

Thanks indeed!

>> This is a brief collection of the problems I got after testing:
>> - The scripts squeak & squeak.sh don't work in Debian (or don't do it
>> for me)
>> - Gstreamer and Pango plugins segfault in amd64, so any image using them
>> will segfault in this architecture. So latest version of etoys will have
>> this problem.
> I can confirm this. I believe that there are some underlying issues with
> SurfacePlugin that affect Pango and possibly others on 64-bit hosts.
> No fix is available at the present time.
> I just realized that we don't have a Mantis report for this issue, so
> I added one: http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=7433

Can't we just disable building of these plugins until this is resolved? It's better to not have them than have them crashing.

>> - There are lintian problems with the FFI plugin, the error is explained
>> here: http://lintian.debian.org/tags/shlib-with-non-pic-code.html and
>> some possible workarounds are available
>> http://sam.zoy.org/blog/2007-04-13-shlib-with-non-pic-code-have-inline-assembly-and-pic-mix-well
> Note also that FFI does not yet work on 64-bit systems:
>  http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=7237
> Fixing this will also correct the lint warnings that you are seeing.
>> - There are still some patches needed for sound in 64 bits that I apply
>> because haven't been applied in the squeak-vm subversion, they're
>> available at
>> http://svn.debian.org/viewsvn/pkg-squeak/packages/squeak-vm/trunk/debian/patches/sound64bits.dpatch?view=log
>> - The browser plugin can not be compiled anymore

Unless Ian or David beat me to it I guess I'll have to read up on cmake then ...

- Bert -

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