libavcodec51 and libavcodec1d package description

Philip Wyett philwyett at
Wed Aug 20 06:13:06 BST 2008

On Wed, 2008-08-20 at 06:07 +0100, Philip Wyett wrote:
> Hi,
> Whilst installing empathy on another intrepid test box. I noticed
> libavcodec being installed. After an "hmmm an mpeg library is there an
> issue here for inclusion of empathy by default" I did some digging. We
> have two libavcodec packages, libavcodec51 in main and libavcodec1d in
> universe. A quick delve into the package shows that lbavcodec51 is a
> stripped package to disable anything mpeg and bad, but if you go by the
> package description you see in synaptic this cannot be ascertained that
> as both packages have the one below.
> // Package description starts
> ffmpeg codec library
> This is the codec library from the ffmpeg project. It supports most
> existing encoding formats (MPEG, DivX, MPEG4, AC3, DV...).
> This package contains a Debian-specific version of the libavcodec shared
> object that should only be used by Debian packages.
> // Package description ends
> Should the description for libavcodec51 be changed to be more relevant
> and give users more correct information?
> Regards
> Phil

Just to note before someone else says it. empathy uses the good and
decent version libavcodec51 from main. :-)


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