libav and FFmpeg: switch over

Bálint Réczey balint at
Sat Jul 11 14:00:54 UTC 2015

Hi Reinhard,

2015-07-11 15:01 GMT+02:00 Reinhard Tartler <siretart at>:
> Keeping the libavcodec-extra packages makes very much sense to me, thank
> you.
> Do you need help with uploading to experiemental? As soon as it is in
I sponsored Andreas' uploads, but I'm away from my computer for a few hours.
I can upload the package later today but I'm pretty sure if you
sponsored this one Andreas would not mind, maybe he would be even
happier. :-)

> 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 unstable.
I think we are not required to fix packages which are already broken
for reasons not related for the transition but regarding the others
let's rock! :-)

> Regarding src:libav, I see little point in keeping it, so yes, let's just
> request its removal when nothing depends on it anymore.
I'm OK with that, but if upstream/some other maintainers would like to
keep it in the archive I'd prefer keeping it in unstable and renaming
the binary packages.


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