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Bug#981751: RFS: freewheeling/0.6.4-1.1 [RC] [NMU] [ITS] support fluidsynth2 (Closes: #946863)

Package: sponsorship-requests
Severity: important
Tags: ftbfs patch
X-Debbugs-Cc: bill-auger@programmer.net

Dear mentors,

I am looking for a sponsor for the 'freeewheeling' package:

 * Package name    : freeewheeling
   Version         : 0.6.4-1.1
   Upstream Author : bill-auger <bill-auger@programmer.net>
 * URL             : http://freewheeling.sourceforge.net
 * License         : GPL2+
 * Vcs             : https://salsa.debian.org/multimedia-team/freewheeling.git
   Section         : sound

It builds those binary packages:

  freewheeling - live looping musical instrument

To access further information about this package, please visit the following URL:


Alternatively, one can download the package with dget using this command:

  dget -x https://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/f/freewheeling/freewheeling_0.6.4-1.1.dsc

Changes since the last upload:

  * support fluidsynth2 (Closes: #946863)
  * fix thread-count race condition during memory-manager init
  * enable pckeyboard interface


note that the two additional patches are not strictly necessary, WRT the RC bug;
but they are rather important, and are taken from the current upstream sources -
upgrading to the current upstream version would also fix the RC bug; but it was
suggested to me, that back-porting the important changes onto the existing debian
sources, would increase the chances of finding a sponsor

this program has been broken in debain since fluidsynth v1 was dropped - i am
the upstream maintainer; and i normally build .deb packages on OBS; so it would
not be much extra effort to mind the debian package, if help is needed - at the
suggestion of the debian-mia team, i have also filed a ITS bug (#981633), for in
case the debian maintainer does not respond

at this time, help is clearly needed - the RC bug (#946863), including a proposed
patch to fix it, is over a year old, with no acknowlegment by the maintainer - 
FWIW, support for fluidsynth2 was added upstream, nearly a year before that became
a problem affecting debian - about one month after fluidsynth v1 was dropped from
debian, the debian-multimedia team put the packaging under salsa VCS, and prepared
the current upstream release; which included the changes needed for debian-fitness,
and made the BTS patch unnecessary - the package is not team mainatined though;
and they did not do an NMU, assuming that the maintainer (who is also on the
debian-multimedia team) would do it - unfortunately, that did not happen though;
and the package was dropped from [testing] this week; which is what prompted me to act now

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