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Proposed virtual packages: mixer and mixer-x



Hey ho :) I recently started maintaining the package gqmpeg, which was
orphaned by Takuo KITAME.

Looking it over, one thing strikes me as particularily ugly.
Specifically:

[ david@willow: ~ ]$ acs gqmpeg | grep Recommends:
Recommends: xmixer | gnome-media | gom-x | gamix | mixer.app | kmix |
aumix-gtk | wmmixer | asmixer

Not only is that ugly and difficult to maintain, it might not even be a
complete list. It will be unpleasant confirming the latter, especially.
So, in accordance with virtual-package-names-list.txt, I'm starting out
by sending this letter to debian-devel@lists.debian.org (to which I am
of course subscribed ;), and suggesting the creation of two new virtual
packages, which I believe should be in the "Graphics and Multimedia"
section of the list, though that has no relevance to packaging itself.

mixer: Utility to control the input and output levels of a sound card.
Either a command-line interface or a text/console interface is required.
mixer-x: Utility to control the input and output levels of a sound card.
An X11-based interface is required.

Myself and a few others discussed the idea of just using "mixer" and
"mixer-gui", instead of "mixer-x". But, at least for gqmpeg, if the
package is going to have a relationship on a GUI mixer, it should be
able to declare that relationship with a specific environment. In
gqmpeg's case, X11. Using mixer-gui is too broad; at least with mixer-x
we leave room for mixer-fb, mixer-berlin, etc..

I'll be filing the wishlist bug against debian-policy as soon as this
email is off.

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