Bug#396954: Bug# 396954: mplayer: please also provide mencoder

Reinhard Tartler siretart at tauware.de
Mon May 4 05:01:12 UTC 2009

Andres Mejia <mcitadel at gmail.com> writes:

> Is this bug going to be fixed or should this bug be tagged "wontfix"?
> I don't understand why mencoder is not included in Debian. Debian has the ffmpeg 
> encoder in main. Why is mencoder not distributed as well?

AFAIUI, mplayer was only accepted into debian under the provision that
mencoder is removed.

However, things have changed a bit. The objections with the encoders can
be adressed in the same way as in ffmpeg, so IMO it should make no
problem to introduce mencoder into debian proper, under the provision
that the same encoder policy as in ffmpeg is applied to mplayer as well.

See also bug #522373.

I'm CC'ing ftp-master so that they have a chance to object. If we don't
hear objections, we'll introduce mencoder in the next upload making sure
that the internal copy of libavcodec is removed from some encoders the
same way as ffmpeg is done. ftp-master will have to explicitly approve
that by the ususal NEW checks.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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