Re: [Gimp-developer] Why is the 0.44 version of poppler required?


On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Kevin Cozens <kevin ve3syb ca> wrote:

The subject line of this message is the short version of this email.

A bit of git log searching gives the response to this:

commit b249a998aaa57fc85975dc5dd14088f125a82930
Author: Michael Natterer <mitch gimp org>
Date:   Mon Nov 7 16:00:52 2016 +0100

    Bug 763214 - Wrong rendering of shadings in PDF imports...

    ...(in libpoppler -> requires a more recent version)

    Require libpoppler >= 0.44.0 which contains a fix for this bug.

The git master version of GIMP requires the 0.44 version of poppler. That
version is not available for the 18.3 (latest) version of Linux Mint. I

Note that git *master* is not supposed to follow whatever is in the
stable distributions. We may have some advance, which is normal for a
development version. If ever we limited ourselves to what is in any
distribution *currently*, then *that* would be the start for problems.

In any case, as a general rule, it is better to have state-of-the art
versions of everything since they are supposed to get better (but for
exception and regression bugs).

modified the file to require the 0.41 version of poppler. I ran
distclean and a full build of GIMP and had no compile errors. I have not
seen any problems running GIMP with this older version of poppler.

Yeah as the git message says, that's not a change of API or anything.
So it would work. But then you may encounter bugs in rendering of
shadings. Or not. We don't take the chance. :-)



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