Re-establishing FFmpeg package naming consistency and transition woes

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Wed Aug 19 19:39:42 UTC 2009

Reinhard Tartler <siretart at> writes:

> I'd like to upload these packages to karmic ASAP to catch feature
> freeze. However, I've encountered transition problems with that. While
> there is an valid solution for this problem:
>   apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras vlc
> apt just fails to find it. aptitude doesn't find the correct solution in
> the first place, but the interactive solver finds it with 2 or 3
> additional tries.
> I think this is because applications currently depend on the
> -unstripped- variant causing additional packages to be installed, which
> gets penalized by the dependency resolver. However, I'd like to hear
> comments from our dependency experts about this issue.

It seems that I was right: For testing, I've rebuilt xine-lib with an
updated shlibs file. In this case a

  apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras gxine

does exactly the expected thing: install both the -unstripped- and the
-extra- packages. Therefore, it seems my plan more or less works and
I'll upload soon.

However, I think this also indicates that the -unstripped- packages
serve no real purpose but confuse apt and aptitude too much to serve a
real purpose. This means that all reverse dependencies of ffmpeg need to
be rebuilt before karmic release. But I don't expect much trouble for
karmic, as this won't even render packages uninstallable (the variants
from 'main' haven't been renamed at all, after all).

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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