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Bug 690042 - sci-biology/GBrowse should try to remove dependency on dev-perl/Net-SMTP-SSL
Summary: sci-biology/GBrowse should try to remove dependency on dev-perl/Net-SMTP-SSL
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Science Biology related packages
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Blocks: 650320
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Reported: 2019-07-17 05:21 UTC by Kent Fredric (IRC: kent\n) (RETIRED)
Modified: 2019-07-21 17:39 UTC (History)
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Description Kent Fredric (IRC: kent\n) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2019-07-17 05:21:33 UTC
Net-SMTP-SSL is now redundant as SSL support is implemented in Net-SMTP.

This removal should ideally be handled by upstream.

But upstream haven't seen activity since 2012, and the links on thier site still talk about still being a thing, ... and GBrowse is no longer discoverable on CPAN.

So I guess one option is to retire this package entirely.

Nothing appears to depend on it, maybe its time to put this out to pasture?
Comment 1 Martin Mokrejš 2019-07-21 17:39:49 UTC
I agree that Gbrowse is not actively maintained:

From: Scott Cain <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:23:44 -0700

Are you setting up a genome browser for a new project?  If so, I'd suggest that you look into JBrowse (, which is a GMOD project but is significantly more modern and well maintained.  While we are still around to help and answer questions for GBrowse, it does not receive version updates.  With JBrowse, your item 1 is easy to achieve, and with a little javascripting, item 2 could be done as well.

If, on the other hand, this is an existing project and you'd like to modify how GBrowse works, I'd still suggest looking at JBrowse, but certainly understand why you'd be reluctant.  I'm not sure how to do item 1 on your list, though I imagine it would be possible with some javascript and css hacks.


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So, the easiest is really to drop it from Gentoo. @weaver and me spent so much time in this ebuild (and several approaches) but Andrey is retired and I am not interested in studying the perl stuff.