Inkscape suggests skencil and python as useless add-on packages

Bug #762541 reported by ani_mw on 2011-04-16
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
inkscape (Debian)
Fix Released
inkscape (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

Dia and some other programs are mentioned as add-ons but they're not,
I think there needs to be another category which says: Similar programs or something like that, in which these programs belong

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ani_mw (cr-anil) wrote :
Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

This seems to be OK to me, as Dia is Suggested by the Inkscape package, because it adds additional exporting functionality to inkscape, thus is an Add-On to Inkscape. The Software Center explicitly states that a package suggested by another one should be treated as an add-on package of the package suggesting it. See

ani_mw (cr-anil) wrote :

Ahh... fair enough. Marking as invalid.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

This is a bug in the inkscape package. It "Suggests: dia | dia-gnome", when it should not. It also "Suggests: skencil" and should not. (And I don't understand why it "Suggests: python".)

affects: software-center (Ubuntu) → inkscape (Ubuntu)
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Confirmed
tags: added: metadata
Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :

Inkscape provides an extension "dia.inx" that allows Dia files to be read by Inkscape. It is only enabled if dia is installed. I think "Suggests: dia" is fine here, because it adds extra functionality to Inkscape.

I can't see an obvious reason for "Suggests: skencil". The import/export extensions don't require it any more. "Suggests: python" is also clearly not needed. The "Recommends: python-*" explicitly list all non-standard python modules that would normally be needed for Inkscape extension scripts.

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
summary: - USC shows Dia as a addon to Inkscape.
+ Inkscape suggests skencil and python as useless add-on packages
Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :

Added this to the branch I have been preparing for the next Ubuntu package version. @sponsors - please consider sponsoring the upload. Thanks

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
assignee: Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) → nobody
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package inkscape - 0.48.1-2ubuntu5

inkscape (0.48.1-2ubuntu5) oneiric; urgency=low

  * debian/rules: No need to manually call intltool-update on build. This
    is now handled by dh_translations.
  * debian/control: No longer suggest python and skencil. They do not
    offer any enhancement to Inkscape (LP: #762541)
  * debian/control: Suggest transfig to allow import of xfig files
    (LP: #668300)
  * debian/patches/02-add-shebangs-and-fix-permissions.dpatch:
    No longer mark JavaScript extension files as standalone executables
    (LP: #602005):
    - share/extensions/*.js: Revert addition of shebangs
    - share/extensions/ Install *.js using _DATA rule rather
      than _SCRIPTS rule to avoid giving executable permission
  * debian/patches/fix-fontforge-glyph-template.dpatch: Cherry-pick
    patch from uptream trunk to fix layer structure in template (LP: #565296)
 -- Alex Valavanis <email address hidden> Mon, 30 May 2011 18:50:49 +0100

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Changed in inkscape (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

How come I'm still seeing this in a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04?

I've got the default install in Ubuntu of Inkscape r9886 which is older than the closure of this bug. What's going on?

Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

Sorry, ignore my comment, I was frustrated about Dia being in there as an add-on but can see in comment 5 that this is consistent with ubuntu policy. Sorry for the noise.

Changed in inkscape (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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