The GNU plotutils package contains a reimplementation of a pic language processor. I find pic invaluable for drawing diagrams; in fact the sequence diagram editor in my UMLGraph system, depends on it. The current version is 2.4.1, and was released in July 2000 - almost four years ago. I have discovered two bugs, but no one seems to be maintaining the package. This is unfortunate.
I do not have time to be the package's maintainer; I have already adopted another open source orphan: bib2xhtml, and I am also busy working on open source code projects of my own.
All I can do is document a workaround. By passing the pic2plot generated Postscript output through the following sed filter, the two problems get fixed.
#!/usr/bin/sed -f # # Fix pic2plot output # # Diomidis Spinellis, December 2004 # # Correct the BeginResource DSC syntax s/^%%BeginResource /%%BeginResource: / # FontBBox is not always an executable array s/\[FontBBox\]/\/FontBBox load/
Another thought would be to set up an orphan open source project adoption agency. I am sure many professionals and students would like to adopt a project, as a form of paying back from the benefits they receive from open source software. We could also establish as a goal for every open source developer to adopt at least one orphan open source code project.Read and post comments.
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