[Geany-Devel] Windows: Webkit-related plugins are going to be removed

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at xxxxx
Sun Oct 10 14:51:44 UTC 2021

On 16.12.18 12:11, Enrico Tröger wrote:
> On 11/26/18 6:40 AM, Matthew Brush wrote:
>> On 2018-11-25 9:22 a.m., Enrico Tröger wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm afraid we need to remove the Webkit-related plugins (Webhelper,
>>> Markdown Preview) from the Windows installer.
>>> This is because Webkit itself is going to be removed from MSYS2:
>>> https://github.com/Alexpux/MINGW-packages/issues/4318
>>> For the upcoming release we could ship the previous version of Webkit
>>> along with the locally cached old version of ICU (i.e. we will ship ICU
>>> 61 *and* 62 in the installer).
>>> But I personally would prefer removing the plugins from the Windows
>>> installer immediately for the reasons mentioned in
>>> https://github.com/Alexpux/MINGW-packages/issues/4318#issuecomment-436443226
>>> and to prevent us from shipping two ICU versions which bloats the
>>> Windows installer even more.
>>> If there are no objections, I will remove all Webkit-related settings
>>> from the Windows installer next week.
>> Hi,
>> It would be nice to keep these plugins as long as practical, but I don't
>> feel strongly about it.
> OK, we keep the plugins in the 1.34 release, at least.
> For future releases, I still would like to get rid of it if there is no
> progress on MSYS2 regarding Webkit.


We kept the plugins until including 1.37 and now is three years later.

But now with the fresh Geany-Plugins 1.38 and the switch to x86_64 and 
GTK3, there is no way to keep those plugins running as there is no 
WebkitGTK library available for Windows/MSYS2.


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