openscad package missing from 18.04

Bug #1766555 reported by Marc Pignat on 2018-04-24
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Bug Description

The openscad package is missing from 18.04 even though openscad-mcad is included.

Can you please add it?

Thank you in advance and best regards

lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (development branch)
Release: 18.04

Hans Joachim Desserud (hjd) wrote :

Thanks for reporting.

Looking at the publishing history for this package (linked to in the upper right corner on the overview page https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openscad/+publishinghistory), it looks like it was removed from bionic because it failed to build.

Marc Pignat (swid) wrote :

Did you mean it was removed because it fails to build on mips/mipsel?

Can I do something to help getting this package back into ubuntu?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in openscad (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Marc Pignat (swid) wrote :

As I proposed on askubuntu (https://askubuntu.com/a/1027764/454520) here is a temporary workaround : installing the debian/sid package.

    # gdebi will manage .deb dependencies
    sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
    wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/o/openscad/openscad_2015.03-2+dfsg-2+b3_amd64.deb
    sudo gdebi openscad_2015.03-2+dfsg-2+b3_amd64.deb

Hans Joachim Desserud (hjd) wrote :

>Did you mean it was removed because it fails to build on mips/mipsel?

I know where to find the package history, but I don't know more about the specific details for this package. :) Now that you mention it, that seems a bit strange since Ubuntu doesn't support mips(el). Looks like the package had failed to build on arm64 and was missing dependencies to attempt a build on armhf (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openscad/2015.03-2+dfsg-2ubuntu5). Could possibly also be that it failed to build when attempting to rebuild packages in the archive but I don't know.

>Can I do something to help getting this package back into ubuntu?

One way would probably be to get the package resynced from Debian to Ubuntu. Note that currently it is marked as affected by two release critical bugs (the mips build failure and another) https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/openscad, so it might be easier to reintroduce the package if those were fixed. Also note that at the time 2015.03-2+dfsg-2ubuntu5 was removed it contained some Ubuntu-specific patches (one can tell by "ubuntu" in the version number), and perhaps these would still need to be included to build and run as expected in Ubuntu.

Joachim Schäfer (oyooyo) wrote :

To those who are like me desperately missing OpenSCAD, but who'd prefer another solution than installing the .deb package:

The official OpenSCAD PPA now supports 18.04.

To install OpenSCAD from the official OpenSCAD PPA, simply follow the instructions from http://www.openscad.org/downloads.html#linux ; in short:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openscad/releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openscad

Patola (patola) wrote :

OpenSCAD is utterly important for my work. It was very irresponsible that the Ubuntu maintainers took if off the distribution's official repositories just because it wasn't compiling in a platform Ubuntu doesn't even have builds for.

Thanks, mr. Schäfer for the workaround.

HaydnHuntley (haydn-huntley) wrote :

OpenSCAD is also of key importance to my workflow, too.

I successfully installed it using gdebi, but now I'd like to uninstall the Debian version and install the Ubuntu one -- how does one undo this command?

sudo gdebi openscad_2015.03-2+dfsg-2+b3_amd64.deb

Or do I have to reinstall Ubuntu?

Sam (sam-ka) wrote :

I would like to add my voice to those who have been negatively effected by this issue. We use openscad in a professional production setting.

I realize the fault lies squarely with me for not checking before updating our systems to the latest lts version (though canonical have been very predictable up to this point so I got lazy, this was a good wake up slap).

I hope this issue gets resolved soon as this issue effects a long-term ubuntu release. Many more systems will break as people upgrade their systems from 14.04 (our case) and 16.04.

Thank you Joachim and Marc for your suggestions.

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