Transitioning mplayer2 users to mpv

James Cowgill jcowgill at
Wed Oct 19 21:56:21 UTC 2016

Hi all,

Recently on IRC, uau suggested that instead of transitioning mplayer2
users to mplayer, they should be transitioned to mpv instead. The
reasons for this include: mpv being a fork of mplayer2 (thus retaining
mplayer2 specific functionality), and mpv being much more actively
developed than mplayer.

I happen to think this is a good idea. Does anyone have any opinions
about it?

The plan would be:

Add an mplayer2 transitional package to mpv with an epoched version
(probably 3:<mpv version>) and containing a symlink from mplayer to mpv.
The package would need to conflict/replaces/provides mplayer, like
mplayer2 did before it was removed. Then remove the old transitional
package from mplayer and revert the old conflicts/replaces the package
had. Once stretch is released, the mplayer2 package can be dropped.


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