Bug#783217: [showq] Crash when saved

Michael Jarosch kontakt at riotmusic.de
Mon Jul 27 13:50:34 UTC 2015

Am Samstag, den 25.04.2015, 16:38 +0200 schrieb Jaromír Mikeš:
> 2015-04-25 8:05 GMT+02:00 Michael Jarosch <kontakt at riotmusic.de>:
> > Am Samstag, den 25.04.2015, 05:23 +0200 schrieb Jaromír Mikeš:
> > 
> > > problem with showq is that the project is upstream dead :(
> > 
> > > I can't fix issue like this by myself unless somebody with better
> > > skills than me will provide a patch.
> > >
> > > Unfortunately I don't know other alternative on linux providing
> > > similar functionality  ...
> > >
> > > If you know some free alternative let me know I will consider to
> > > package it.
> > >
> > > I am strongly thinking to stop maintaining package and drop it 
> > from
> > > debian because there is no upstream development.
> > 
> > PLEASE! As long as you can maintain it with relatively low effort, 
> > keep
> > it up! This program is just great and it's a central component in 
> > my
> > setup.
> > I just wanted to complete the bug list to show people how to 
> > workaround
> > them. Although I would greatly aprreciate that someone squeezes the 
> > bugs
> > I've reported I can live with them, if noone does...
> I think I still can maintain it for a while, but it can't last 
> endlessly :(
> It is not fun maintain abandoned projects.
> If you want you can always join pkg-multimedia team to maintain it 
> yourself.
> Consider it.


I've got some good news: I started a call for saving ShowQ on the LAU
mailing list and achieved at least this:

1) Harry van Haaren as a C++-coder agreed to care about the bugs that
are reported about showq. Although he made clear that he won't be able
to take over the development he already fixed all the annoying bugs
I've reported and managed to clear all the build warnings.
He created his own repository on github where you can get the improved
code from:


2) Francesco Ceruti wrote some kind of an alternative to ShowQ with a
modern GUI and an audio engine based upon the gstreamer framework. It's
called: Linux Show Player (or LiSP for short), see 


I haven't got the time to check it out, yet, so I don't know if it
already can replace ShowQ. Some people on the list tested it and came
to the result that it has some advantages but can not do all the things
showq can do. Although it seems to have a great potential and certainly
deserves to land in the debian repository...

3) Neil C Smith wrote a java-tool named www.praxislive.org which is
originally aimed on video, but seems to be used as a cue-player for
audio, too.

Hope, that helps!

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