libav and FFmpeg: switch over

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Sat Jul 11 13:01:10 UTC 2015

Keeping the libavcodec-extra packages makes very much sense to me, thank

Do you need help with uploading to experiemental? As soon as it is in
experimental, we can start with filing bugs tracking FTBFS issues in
application packages. As usual, I'd suggest tracking them with usertags, so
that you can point to a dynamic list of todo items in the transition bug.
The release team is likely to insist that only if all bugs for packages
that are in testing have been addressed before allowing to upload to

Regarding src:libav, I see little point in keeping it, so yes, let's just
request its removal when nothing depends on it anymore.


On Thu, Jul 9, 2015, 7:34 PM Andreas Cadhalpun <
andreas.cadhalpun at> wrote:


On 08.07.2015 10:39, Alessio Treglia wrote:
> After a careful review of all the pros and cons we, the Debian
> Multimedia Maintainers team, have finally decided to switch from Libav
> to FFmpeg as provider for the libav* multimedia libraries. We'll try
> our best to make this happen in time for stretch.

The next step is uploading the ffmpeg package taking over the lib*-dev
packages to experimental.
I've decided to keep the libavcodec-extra package instead of making it
transitional, as it might be useful for people wanting to always have
the latest version of the extra variant installed. Without that, one
would have to install the libavcodec-extraNN package after every
soname change. I've updated the experimental branch in the ffmpeg
repository accordingly.

I'd like to go forward with that, or did you have more comments,

The next question is, what to do with the src:libav package.
Reinhard, did I understand you correctly that you think it would be
best to not rename its lib*-dev packages and just remove it after
the transition?
Otherwise an upload with the renamed lib*-libav-dev packages should
be made to experimental, as well.
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