Devuan bug report logs - #185
Devuan/Debian's version of WordGrinder does not recognize "new" WordGrinder formatsu - k

Package: wordgrinder; Maintainer for wordgrinder is (unknown);

Reported by: Kristopher John Gamrat <>

Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:48:01 UTC

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Subject: bug#185: Devuan/Debian's version of WordGrinder does not recognize "new" WordGrinder formatsu - k
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Package: wordgrinder
Version: 0.5.1-1
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When attempting to edit a document (by typing `wordgrinder <document>.wg`) 
saved using WordGrinder 0.7.1, I see the following error message produced by 
the Debian/Devuan version of WordGrindger:

> '/home/kjg/debpackaging/wordgrinder-0.7.1/test.wg' is not a valid
> WordGrinder file.

The changelog for WordGrinder version 0.7 reveals the likely cause:

> new text-based file format --- WordGrinder files are now diffable

To resolve this, one of two things needs to happen:

 1. Support for the new document format needs to be backported to the 
Debian/Devuan package.
 2. (Preferable) Since "ancient" is not a requisite for being stable, the 
package could be updated to the latest stable version of WordGrinder 
(currently 0.7.1).

Attached include a WordGrinder test document saved in WordGrinder 0.7.1. It 
reads and edits fine in 0.7.1, but produces the mentioned error message in 
0.5.1 (the version provided in the Debian/Devuan repos).

I have also modified the packaging scripts from the Debian/Devuan package to 
build 0.7.1, and attached only the debian directory as a compressed tarball. 
NOTE: I barely understand anything about the packaging side of dpkg -- if you 
use it, please check it over first (it builds and installs fine for me, but I 
still won't guarantee it was done correctly).

I am using Devuan Jessie. The version of WordGrinder provided via apt-get is 

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> > > > Please reply below quotes.
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> > Thank you for understanding.
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