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Bug 620754 - sci-physics/root[qt4] depends on dev-qt/qtwebkit:4
Summary: sci-physics/root[qt4] depends on dev-qt/qtwebkit:4
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Guilherme Amadio
Depends on:
Blocks: qtwebkit4-removal
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Reported: 2017-06-04 07:58 UTC by Michael Palimaka (kensington)
Modified: 2018-08-24 12:57 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Michael Palimaka (kensington) gentoo-dev 2017-06-04 07:58:14 UTC
sci-physics/root[qt4] depends on dev-qt/qtwebkit:4 which is ancient and will never see any security updates.

If there's no upstream port available, I'd suggest to remove the USE flag.
Comment 1 Andrew Savchenko gentoo-dev 2017-06-04 18:37:49 UTC
The latest root version needs only qtgui and qtcore, at least according to its cmake config. When that version will hit portage, issue will be solved.

By the way for scientific packages functionality is traditionally much more important than security. For better or worse this is a matter of fact.
Comment 2 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2017-08-02 20:36:46 UTC
Do you have any estimate for that version bump?
Comment 3 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2017-10-14 23:22:13 UTC
Expected package.mask list for sci-physics/root:

Comment 4 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2017-10-16 16:01:14 UTC
Instead of going down that rabbit hole, a simple mask of sci-physics/root[geocad,qt4] was added.
Comment 5 Oliver Freyermuth 2017-11-04 17:37:47 UTC
Maybe that warrants another issue,
but my installed ROOT 5.34 is not actually linking against QtWebKit:

$ ldd /usr/lib/root/*.so | grep -i qt
/usr/lib/root/ => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007fe38ce1f000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007fe38c117000)
/usr/lib/root/ => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f9cb8ce7000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f9cb7fdf000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f9cb7ae8000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f9cb23c5000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f9cb217f000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f9cb1e32000)
/usr/lib/root/ => /usr/lib64/root/ (0x00007f29b4462000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f29b152a000) => /usr/lib64/qt4/ (0x00007f29b0822000)

Also, grepping through the code at:;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/v5-34-00-patches
for WebKit reveals nothing. 

Checking the configure macro used for 5.34, I find:;a=blob;f=configure;h=a980c285420f3b78f183b7f9b940920171be765e;hb=refs/heads/v5-34-00-patches#l3653
This only checks for
QtCore, QtGui, Qt3Support

So I'd say the dev-qt/qtwebkit:4 dependency is already bad for the in-tree root packages, and the better fix would be to remove that and unmask the flag again.
Comment 6 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2017-11-16 18:28:01 UTC
^ job for maintainer. I won't build this anymore because it still requires qt3support enabled, which I don't have available anymore.
Comment 7 Guilherme Amadio gentoo-dev 2017-11-17 15:04:56 UTC
ROOT 6.12 will be released in the next couple of weeks. I already have an ebuild ready for when that happens, so it should hit the main tree soon after the release.

As for ROOT 5.34, there are many commits on the v5-34-00-patches branch that are not on 5.34/36, so I will ask the team to make an official 5.34/38 release roughly at the same time, since LZ4 support should be on a released version once 6.12 is released. ROOT 5.34/36 won't compile due to the issue below in any case, so we need to get a fixed version.

If necessary, we should drop keywords so that ROOT does not prevent cleanup of qtwebkit, then once the releases come out I will update the ebuilds with correct dependencies.

ROOT does not plan to move to Qt5, but to a javascript based graphics interface, so when qt4 is removed from the main tree, the USE flag should be removed as well, or at least masked.
Comment 8 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2017-11-18 09:43:14 UTC
The mask of qt4 is in place already and does not block Qtwebkit removal anymore.
Comment 9 Guilherme Amadio gentoo-dev 2017-12-19 07:12:55 UTC
ROOT-6.12, now in the tree, no longer depends on qtwebkit. When the new release of 5.34 comes out early next year, I will bump to 5.34.38 and remove the dependency there too, so please leave this bug open in the mean time. I will fix this soon.
Comment 10 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2018-03-13 22:02:01 UTC
Since you wanted to keep this open, any update here?
Comment 11 Guilherme Amadio gentoo-dev 2018-03-13 22:28:07 UTC
(In reply to Andreas Sturmlechner from comment #10)
> Since you wanted to keep this open, any update here?

Yes, 5.34/38 tag was created yesterday [1], and I'm working on the version bump. Should be finished tomorrow or at the latest by the end of this week. I'm still deciding which USE flags to keep and which to remove, since they involve deprecated/broken options in sci-physics/root itself. I also want it to work within the network sandbox before bumping.

Comment 12 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2018-06-27 20:51:59 UTC
Qt4 was masked.
Comment 13 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2018-07-05 11:15:27 UTC
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):

commit f3fff3e43dbf12f9b561b56d8530a21d5c4d4163
Author:     Guilherme Amadio <>
AuthorDate: 2018-07-05 09:27:18 +0000
Commit:     Guilherme Amadio <>
CommitDate: 2018-07-05 11:05:00 +0000

    sci-physics/root: drop old
    Package-Manager: Portage-2.3.41, Repoman-2.3.9

 sci-physics/root/Manifest                          |   1 -
 .../root/files/root-5.28.00b-glibc212.patch        |  11 -
 sci-physics/root/files/root-5.32.00-cfitsio.patch  |  13 -
 sci-physics/root/files/root-5.32.00-chklib64.patch |  24 --
 sci-physics/root/files/root-5.32.00-dotfont.patch  |  58 ---
 .../root/files/root-5.34.05-nobyte-compile.patch   | 137 -------
 sci-physics/root/files/root-5.34.13-unuran.patch   |  40 --
 sci-physics/root/files/root-5.34.26-ldflags.patch  |  19 -
 sci-physics/root/metadata.xml                      |   3 -
 sci-physics/root/root-5.34.36.ebuild               | 441 ---------------------
 10 files changed, 747 deletions(-)
Comment 14 Guilherme Amadio gentoo-dev 2018-07-05 11:36:55 UTC
I decided to remove ROOT 5 from the tree, but ROOT 6 still has optional support for qt4 with USE=qt4. Once Qt4 is out of the tree, I will update the ebuild and remove USE=qt4. Qt4 support is deprecated upstream too in any case, so I doubt users still have it enabled.
Comment 15 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2018-08-11 12:54:48 UTC
Qt4 has left the building.
Comment 16 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2018-08-24 12:57:38 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 4b42c99db172146da240cb8588ef046702eca5c8
Author:     Guilherme Amadio <>
AuthorDate: 2018-08-24 12:06:42 +0000
Commit:     Guilherme Amadio <>
CommitDate: 2018-08-24 12:57:27 +0000

    sci-physics/root: drop support for Qt4
    Support for Qt4 is deprecated upstream,
    and Qt4 is no longer in the main tree.
    Package-Manager: Portage-2.3.48, Repoman-2.3.10

 sci-physics/root/root-6.12.06-r4.ebuild | 12 ++++--------
 sci-physics/root/root-6.14.02.ebuild    | 12 ++++--------
 sci-physics/root/root-9999.ebuild       | 12 ++++--------
 3 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 24 deletions(-)