Retire glib and gtk+ 1.2 from rawhide?

Richard Zidlicky rz at
Wed May 12 13:54:44 UTC 2010

On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 11:22:22AM +0800, Chen Lei wrote:
> 2010/5/10 Patrice Dumas <pertusus at>
> > For the applications I know some comments
> > * I am quite sure that gmanedit is not a manedit evolution. However,
> > manedit
> >  is orphaned right now (though still not purged).
> > * xdialog is build twice, once agains gtk+ and then against Gtk2. I think
> >  it would be nice to keep it that way, though you could also convince the
> >  current maintainer to keep only the Gtk2 stuff. also xdialog seems to be
> >  pretty dead upstream too, though I still haven't seen a perfect
> >  substitute (zenity is close, but not compatible).
> >
> >
> > There are no open bugs against gtk+ which is, in my opinion in favor
> > of keeping it. One point against gtk+ is the lack of utf8 support. I don't
> > know if there are other noteworthy differences.
> >
> > In my point of view, the only convincing reason to keep gtk+ 1.2 in fedora
> is if there are some widely-used gtk+ applications that don't have better
> alternatives with modern toolkit. As you mentioned, gtk+ is the lack of utf8
> support, this is really bad for non-English users.  Also, there may be
> potential security problems exists in gtk+ with dead upstream for 9 years
> which is really a long time.

lack of support for utf-8 does not mean it can not be done. I am using a patched
dillo version for years now with xft+utf8.

Regarding security, I would not bet on the modern alternatives either although I have
experienced myself how diddifcult it is to keep gtk-1.2 in shape.


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