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Re: Debian multimedia repository

On 02/08/12 12:25 AM, Yaro Kasear wrote:
On 08/01/2012 11:06 PM, Gary Dale wrote:
On 01/08/12 11:52 PM, Yaro Kasear wrote:
On 08/01/2012 02:55 PM, Andrei POPESCU wrote:
On Mi, 01 aug 12, 22:30:52, Teemu Likonen wrote:
Titanus Eramius [2012-08-01 21:18:03 +0200] wrote:

My 2 cents on this is, that once packages is installed from Debian
Multimedia it's very hard to go back to stable. But if one keeps using
Debian Multimedia there are rarely any problems.
Now I got curious because that sound so general. What makes it very
hard? In my experience installing and removing packages has always been
easy in Debian.
The versioning scheme of Deb Multimedia packages is meant to take
priority over the Debian proper packages, but this can create problems
under certain circumstances.

Kind regards,

I haven't been using Debian as long as many on this list. Are failures with Debian-Multimedia that overtly common or are they rather circumstantial?

It's not failures so much as conflicts. Certain Debian packages will not upgrade because the requisite libraries have been replaced by Debian-multimedia ones.

It's a shame because there are some very nice tools in Debian-multimedia that I'd love to be able to use but not at the expense of core Debian packages.

And how promptly do the Debian-Multimedia developers resolve these conflicts? Is this a big issue or just an occasional minor hiccup?

Again, it's not a hiccup. There are fundamental incompatibilities between the two repositories. Debian-multimedia libraries prevent certain Debian packages from working and vice-versa. Bob Proulx's post goes into some detail about the roots of the problems. Suffice to say that the Debian folks make sure their packages work together while Debian-multimedia packages can't quite seem to be made to work with the standard Debian packages.

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