On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 07:59:38PM +0100, Alessandro Ghedini wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've just adopted the bug #520271 (RFA: ecasound2.2), I think it is a good
> candidate to get maintained by the Multimedia Team. 
> The main problem I see is that the source package is named 'ecasound2.2' 
> even if the current version is 2.7.0 (2.7.2 if you consider upstream). 
> >From the README.Debian:
>      ecasound2.2 release was a major change from 2.0 series; 
>      and that was the reason for ecasound2.2 package name; we had two
>      versions to coexist.
>      For transition purposes Debian source package name still retains 
>      the ecasound2.2 name.

> I think this may lead to confusion and renaming the source package to just 
> 'ecasound' would make things cleaner and clearer. AFAIK a solution would be 
> to upload the new 'ecasound' and ask for removal for the 'ecasound2.2'. 
> Is this right?
> Also, there are a lot of problems with the packaging (e.g. 24 lintian
> warnings, "ancient" packaging and a lot of mess with the generated binary
> packages) that would probably make easier to re-start packaging from
> scratch (this would be made easier by replacing 'ecasound2.2' with
> 'ecasound', see above). What do you think?
> Cheers
> P.S. If anyone is interested in helping with this, I'll push everything
> to git as soon as I finish initial clean-up.


I think it will be great to clean up and maintain the
ecasound source package. I'm no expert in C, but I maintain
a couple packages that depend on ecasound, and have an
interest in seeing Debian packages being maintained.

Regarding the name, the status-quo isn't especially bad.
the 2.2 refers to the C library API, which is still current,
even tho the ecasound software is up to version 2.7.x.  For
example, the header file package for using the ecasound C
library is called libecasoundc2.2-dev.  The python bindings
are in python-ecasound2.2.  
I'll be glad to bring any issues we encounter upstream to
developers on the Ecasound mailing list.


Joel Roth

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