Bug#791589: musescore-soundfont-gm: Many muse soundfonts exist. Consider making virtual.

Jack Underwood juichenieder-debbie at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jul 7 11:10:37 UTC 2015

> Not sure why you refer to "virtual packages", but we have simple

> alternative dependencies for that. However, I think musescore should
> well depend on its own sound font, but merely suggest the other
> available ones.

As far as I understand, a virtual package acts as a placeholder for
dependencies whereby the user can substitute any package marked as
meeting that dependency, for an example look at the www-browser package.
In terms of musescore, I presume we want to say "musescore depends
on having at least one compatible soundfont installed".  Thus it feels
like we should make musescore-soundfont-gm a virtual package as many
soundfonts fill that role, and keep it as a dependency.

That said, as you say musescore2 already contains a bundled soundfont,
thus it doesn't at the moment require a soundfont as a dependency.  If in
the future you decide to package the bundled soundfont separately then I
think we need to make this package virtual for the reasons stated above.
Until then you should make musescore-soundfont-gm a suggested package of
musescore instead of a dependency.


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