2023.09.13 10:03 "[Tiff] libtiff 4.6.0 is released", by Even Rouault

2023.09.13 19:26 "Re: [Tiff] libtiff 4.6.0 is released", by Greg Troxel

I've promoted rc2 as the final 4.6.0 release.

Thanks for all your efforts on tiff.

Read about this release at https://libtiff.gitlab.io/libtiff/releases/v4.6.0.html

Pay attention to the following warning:

This version removes a big number of utilities that have suffered from lack of maintenance over the years and were the source of various reported security issues. See "Removed functionality" below for the list of removed utilities. Starting with libtiff v4.6.0, their source code, at this time, will still be available in the source distribution, but they will no longer be built by default, and issues related to them will no longer be accepted in the libtiff bug tracker. The only remaining supported TIFF tools are tiffinfo, tiffdump, tiffcp, tiffset and tiffsplit.

Because of where pkgsrc is on its quarterly release schedule -- going into freeze in just under 6 days for the next branch -- I have decided to defer updating until just after the branch. This is an FYI not a complaint; release cycles are just like this.

I don't see any urgent security fixes, but please let me know if I read that wrong. If so, it may be better to take the pain during the branch.

I am really unclear on whether there will be fallout from tools removal. Again not a complaint; I just don't like surprises. My expectation is very little to maybe none, and that if so it will be run time not build/install/package time. So if anyone updates tiff in a packaging system, and does or doesn't find issues, I would appreciate a note here from fellow packagers. I'll post myself after updating.