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

Fabian Greffrath fabian at debian.org
Tue Jul 7 13:17:01 UTC 2015

Am Dienstag, den 07.07.2015, 11:10 +0000 schrieb Jack Underwood:
> 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.

In general, yes. Though, you do not simply turn an existing binary
package into a virtual package, so I guess you mean a meta-package here
(which it pretty much already is). And in the specific case of
musescore, there are only two packages in Debian that come into
question, so a simple "Depends: a | b" would already suffice. To
introduce a virtual package, you would have to re-upload all providing
packages with a "Provides: foo" stanza, etc. But I am getting off-topic

> 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.

Agreed. In fact, since this actually keeps musescore from entering
testing, I am tempted to raise the bug severity to "serious".

@musescore maintainers, are you at it or should I upload a fixed



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