[Freewx-maint] Bug#722687: wxwidgets2.8: wx.media missing

Olly Betts olly at survex.com
Mon Sep 23 21:54:02 UTC 2013

severity 722687 minor

[I sent this reply a week ago, but it's not in the BTS, so resending -
apologies if this is a duplicate for anyone]

On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:57:56AM +0200, Julian Taylor wrote:
> wx.media (_media.so) is not present in python-wxgtk2.8 in testing
> anymore, it existed in stable and there is no indication in the
> changelog to why its gone.

It was disabled by Fabrice Coutadeur's patch to enable wxMediaCtrl
so as to avoid installing the wxPython package pulling in a huge pile of
packages - when libwxgtk2.8-0 pulled in these packages, people weren't


> Is this an intentional change or a packaging issue?

Intentional I think (Cc-ing Fabrice to see what his thoughts are):


> see also
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wxwidgets2.8/+bug/1224528 for
> a user report.

Note that 'import wx.media' doesn't actually do anything useful in
Debian stable (because wxMediaCtrl isn't packaged there).

The situation in Ubuntu is different - they've enabled wxMediaCtrl for
much longer, and weren't disabling wx.media until they merged
wxwidgets2.8 from Debian.  So their bug is rather more
serious as they used to provide a working wx.media but no longer do.


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