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[Bug 270479] Re: Debian/Ubuntu netpbm is many years out-of-date with upstream


Apparently, the way forward is to uninstall netpbm and install the deb package from the official NetPBM site:

It works for me!

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  Debian/Ubuntu netpbm is many years out-of-date with upstream

Status in “netpbm-free” package in Ubuntu:
Status in “netpbm-free” package in Debian:

Bug description:
  I'm having a little trouble following the difference between netpbm-
  free and the upstream version of netpbm available at
  http://netpbm.sourceforge.net, so I'm not sure if the version numbers
  are comparable, but it appears that the netpbm-free package is
  woefully out of date with upstream.

  I'm trying to use the -data option of pnmmontage which is was
  introduced into (upstream) version 10.06 of pnmmontage in 2002 (see

  While I'm not sure if the version numbers can be compared easily, it
  appears that Ubuntu is at 10.0 while the upstream netpbm libraries are
  at 10.35.51, which is  6 years covering 40 or so releases ahead of
  Ubuntu/Debian's version.

  What can be done to bring Ubuntu (and Debian) back up to date with the
  upstream versions of netpbm? Are there some licensing issues that are
  holding the repackaging up?

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