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

Jan de Groot jan at jgc.homeip.net
Tue Dec 18 19:12:22 EST 2007

On Mon, 2007-12-17 at 14:50 -0600, Aaron Griffin wrote:
> 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?
> Opinions?

There's also gstremer0.10-pitfdll on i686 that uses it. If codecs is
removed, that package should be removed too.

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