[Fedora-packaging] Moving an existing rpmfusion package into Fedora

Brendan Jones brendan.jones.it at gmail.com
Wed May 23 12:59:34 UTC 2012

Hi all,

I've been getting some conflicting advice as to what to do about moving 
a patent unencumbered version of package that has existed in RPMFusion 
for some time.

The package is qtractor (a digital audio workstation/ sequencer), 
software we'd like to showcase as part of Fedora 18's Audio Spin.
Removing libmad (MP3) library deps was simple enough via a compile time 
flag and a Review request was raised [1]. Using 
audacity/audacity-freeworld as a precedent it was suggested that we 
rename qtractor in RPMfusion to qtractor-freeworld and have it Conflict: 
with Fedora's qtractor.

The problem here is that RPMFusion users may have their libmad version 
silently replaced by the one in Fedora during the transition.

One solution here is to leave qtractor as it is in RPMfusion and rename 
the one in Fedora to something else (qtractor-free?) and perhaps use 
alternatives to permit coexistence, removing the need for conflicts

Is this reasonable?



[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=797418

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