Dear Jeroen and everybody, here attached is an email I sent in September. Yes, I did ask to ftp-masters clarifications about your proposal in http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/04/msg00997.html and never received a reply. Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote: > While you indeed haven't got a later mail, you also didn't ask for one > to the best of my knowledge (my memory isn't infallible, so I might be > wrong, if so, I'm sorry, please correct me)... yes, your memory failed :-) (you are in the CC of the attached email) > I'm wondering what bit of my last few lines in the quoted email were > unclear. While I specifically noted that removing mpeg encoding stuff > might or might not be required, I explicitely said that stripping it > anyway will make the whole pondering on whether it can be in the > (source) package at all moot for the question whether mpeg encoding > would be legal to ship on ftp.debian.org. (sorry my english fails me here) >To the best of my knowledge, > mpeg encoding stuff is nowhere near the core funcionality of mplayer > anyway, isn't it? yes AFAIK mencoder cannot encode MPEG2 in this version (that is in NEW queue) > Of course, if this way is choosen and is turning out > to work out, later inclusion of the mpeg encoding stuff in mplayer must > be discussed with ftp-master prior to it happening -- we (as in, Debian > users in general) just get to have a chance of a slightly crippled > mplayer in the archive in the meanwhile. > I agree > As in all cases, final verdict on whether a package will pass NEW > is made at the time it's sitting in NEW and being processed by an > ftp-master team member Of course. This is what I have been waiting for. For 880 days, roughly. a.
>From debdev Mon Sep 26 11:33:39 2005 Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 11:33:39 +0200 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: Diego Biurrun <email@example.com>, MJ Ray <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dariush Pietrzak <email@example.com>, Joerg Jaspert <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jeroen van Wolffelaar <email@example.com> Subject: questions on mplayer Message-ID: <20050926093339.GA16521@tonelli.sns.it> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/signed; micalg=pgp-sha1; protocol="application/pgp-signature"; boundary="nFreZHaLTZJo0R7j" Content-Disposition: inline User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.9i Status: RO Content-Length: 2300 Lines: 64 --nFreZHaLTZJo0R7j Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear ftp-masters,=20 (and in particular Jeroen van Wolffelaar and Joerg Jaspert, who have discussed the problem before), in April 2005, during a thread discussing inclusion of mplayer in Debian, at http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/04/msg00997.html J. van Wolffelaar expressed the opinion that nowadays the only issue still blocking acceptance of mplayer in Debian may be=20 the (*) presence of MPEG encoding software.=20 [(*) as a matter of fact, up to some time ago AFAIK mplayer was unable to encode MPEG stream; but I heard that they are working on it] J. van Wolffelaar also said though that "We're not (yet?) saying it's *required* to strip MPEG encoding stuff, but in my personal opinion, it seems likely that this is what it'll turn out to be." I would be very grateful if the ftp-masters team may finally decide what are the requirements so that mplayer be accepted into Debian; in doing so, they may want to read http://people.debian.org/~mjr/legal/mplayer.html where M J Ray summarizes and links many info. To fix ideas, I would need official (at least privately to us) answers to these questions: 1) can mplayer be included into Debian, possibly with some fixes, including removal of source from the mplayer...orig.tar.gz ? 2) (if yes) do we need to remove MPEG decoding stuff? 3) what other problems should we fix ? (please read http://people.debian.org/~mjr/legal/mplayer.html to know what has been already fixed ) The above questions are somewhat urgent, since the current version of mplayer in NEW has a security bug, so I would love to prepare a new version, and I would love to prepare it to comply to any request by the ftp-masters, so that I may upload it into NEW for their review. a. --=20 Andrea Mennucc "Ukn ow,Ifina llyfixe dmysp acebar.ohwh atthef" --nFreZHaLTZJo0R7j Content-Type: application/pgp-signature; name="signature.asc" Content-Description: Digital signature Content-Disposition: inline -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.1 (GNU/Linux) iD8DBQFDN8Bz9B/tjjP8QKQRAmxfAJ9IJ686tgGjSRBIbqBqQaACm7OROwCdH94G ulHqI6eqYyiOis8K8mrKz/8= =6Wc/ -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- --nFreZHaLTZJo0R7j--
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