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On 12 March 2010 14:18, Robert Bradbury <robert.bradbury@...> wrote:
> It would appear that the pending (0321) mask of Qt3 will break
> sci-misc/qcad, sci-chemistry/xdrawchem and x11-misc/glunarclock.
The mask has already been in place since March 1st.
> a) Has research been done to determine whether there are replacements for
> these packages and why aren't they suggested in the mask comments?
See the discussion in the relevant bugs and on the forums. For qcad
see bug #284896 and for xdrawchem bug #299588. Glunarclock is
> b) If one is forced to run Qt3 in order to support these older packages, is
> there *good* documentation on how to do this (and why isn't this
> suggested in the mask comments)?
Because package.mask is not the right place for documentation.
It does refer to bug #283429, the tracker bug for the Qt3 mask and
removal. This in turn refers to our announcement  which mentions
that Qt3 and packages depending on it will remain available in the
community-maintained kde-sunset overlay.
> So before there is a rush to remove ebuilds it should be asked
> whether it is possible to produce a static build and/or whether there is a
> clear path provided for the retention of "legacy" packages?
There is no rush. We first announced this in July 2009  and then
again in December . We have given every opportunity to find
appropriate upgrade paths. As mentioned, users who for some
reason need or want to keep using legacy packages can use the
Ben de Groot
Gentoo Linux developer (qt, media, lxde, desktop-misc)