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GNU Screen 4.2.0 in Debian Experimental //at 20:22 //by abe

from the Finally dept.

About a month ago, on 20th of March, GNU Screen had its 27th anniversary.

A few days ago, Amadeusz Sławiński, GNU Screen’s new primary upstream maintainer, released the status quo of Screen development as version 4.2.0 (probably to distinguish it from all those 4.1.0 labeled development snapshots floating around in most Linux distributions nowadays).

I did something similar and uploaded the status quo of Debian’s screen package in git as 4.1.0~20120320gitdb59704-10 to Debian Sid shortly afterwards. That upload should hit Jessie soon, too, resolving the following two issues also in Testing:

  • #740301: proper systemd support – Thanks Josh Triplett for his help!
  • #735554: fix for multiuser usage – Thanks Martin von Wittich for spotting this issue!

That way I could decouple these packaging fixes/features from the new upstream release which I uploaded to Debian Experimental for now. Testers for the 4.2.0-1 package are very welcome!

Oh, and by the way, that upstream comment (or ArchLinux’s according announcement) about broken backwards compatibility with attaching to running sessions started with older Screen releases doesn’t affected Debian since that has been fixed in Debian already with the package which is in Wheezy. (Thanks again Julien Cristau for the patch back then!)

While there are bigger long-term plans at upstream, Amadeusz is already working on the next 4.x release (probably named 4.2.1) which will likely incorporate some of the patches floating around in the Linux distributions’ packages. At least SuSE and Debian offered their patches explicitly for upstream inclusion.

So far already two patches found in the Debian packages have been obsoleted by upstream git commits after the 4.2.0 release. Yay!

Updates (8th of May 2014): 4.2.0 in Testing, Upstream released 4.2.1

screen 4.2.0-2 migrated to testing now.

Upstream released 4.2.1 in the meanwhile with most Debian patches applied. Despite being a minor update, it was necessary to bump it’s internal message version, so vanilla 4.2.1 clients can’t connect to vanilla 4.2.0 servers. Accordingly it may take a moment until 4.2.1 hits Debian as I need to sort out some stuff before uploading that version.


Re: GNU Screen 4.2.0 in Debian Experimental

Posted by: Josh Triplett
Time: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:49

Thanks for merging the patch!

Also, s/Tripplett/Triplett/. :)


Re: GNU Screen 4.2.0 in Debian Experimental

Posted by: Axel
Time: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:28

Oops. Sorry for the typo. Fixed!


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