[arch-dev-public] Killing the 'codecs' package

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 15:50:03 EST 2007

We went over this before - codecs is a useless package, and the
licensing is broken. We have opensource alternatives that play just
about every format except a few outliers (real media).

I'm rebuilding xine-lib right now with codecs removed. Apparently it's
an optional dep anyway, as I've been running xine fine without it for
some time. mplayer-svn is the last package that depends on the
non-free and useless codecs package, so if we can get that rebuilt,
we're gold.

Now the real question: what do we do with this package. I'm sure it's
useful to some people. Should we stick it in unsupported with a
warning that no TUs should adopt it? Should we remove it altogether?

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