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Bug#656587: transition: libmusicbrainz-2.1

Package: release.debian.org
Severity: normal
User: release.debian.org@packages.debian.org
Usertags: transition

sent this to debian-devel@ before noticing the proper workflow.


I sort of became the (temporary?) maintainer of libmusicbrainz, so
it's probably reasonable to look at the status of the oldest
musicbrainz library version in the archive, libmusicbrainz-2.1
(maintained by QA), and packages depending on it.

The bottom line is that the package should be removed from the
archive, since it only supports the old RDF interface which got
deprecated in 2006 and shut down in August 2009 [1]. Martin Michlmayr
sent an email about this a while back [2], but there are still some
reverse dependencies left:

* abcde
  - doesn't actually need python-musicbrainz, cddb is the default
  - the dependency on python-musicbrainz should be dropped

* ears
  - http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=628475
    which renders the package useless -> remove?

* cynthiune.app
  - needs a patch to either remove the mb functionality, or ported to

* libmusicbrainz-ruby1.8
  - can be removed from the archive, nothing uses it

* gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
  - dropping the build-dep would mean losing libgsttrm.so (tested),
  which apparently doesn't work anyway

* gmerlin
  - dropping the build-dep should be enough, or port the app to

libmusicbrainz4-dev has one rdep, libtunepimp-dev, which also only
supports the old stuff and is deprecated long ago [3]. Rdeps on
libtunepimp are:

* listen
  - has libtunepimp5 as Suggests, should be dropped

* kdemultimedia (juk)
  - just needs to not build-depend libtunepimp-dev (tested)

* kid3
  - should be built with -DWITH_TUNEPIMP=OFF (tested)

[1] http://blog.musicbrainz.org/?p=392
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2010/05/msg00596.html
[3] http://musicbrainz.org/doc/History:libtunepimp 

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