[Pkg-freevo-maint] Bug#688997: youtube-dl: Needs update to newer version to fix youtube downloading

Josh Triplett josh at joshtriplett.org
Sun Oct 14 20:47:17 UTC 2012

On Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 04:38:41PM +0200, Joost van Baal-Ilić wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 01:33:03PM -0300, Rogério Brito wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM, Julien Cristau <jcristau at debian.org> wrote:
> > > On Tue, Oct  9, 2012 at 15:25:44 -0300, Rogério Brito wrote:
> > >> Too many changes? Which ones? Compared to my last upload, there aren't
> > >> really.
> > >
> > > Compared to the version currently in wheezy.
> > 
> > I see. Well, those are about 7 months of development (not so active, but...)
> > 
> > But that is, in a sense, the nature of packages/programs that deal
> > with web scrapping: all of them are highly subject to drastic changes.
> > (Unfortunate, I know). But that affects youtube-dl, clive, cclive,
> > get-flash-videos and many, many other packages in a similar vein.
> > 
> > I want to work with you in getting youtube-dl in wheezy and, also, not
> > breaking other programs like freevo. What can we do?
> Splitting the package in a part containing only data, describing how to parse,
> and one containing the actual code.  The data-part will change depending on
> developments in youtube webui.  In Debian stable, the code-part will only
> change in order to fix security or other really critical bugs.  For keeping
> the data-part up to date, users should use debian-volatile. That's where
> the data-part shoud get uploaded to.

Volatile doesn't exist anymore; see

The list in that same mail of what qualifies for -updates includes:
> * Fixes to leaf packages that were broken by external changes (e.g.
>  video downloading tools and tor).

That clearly covers youtube-dl.

As for splitting the package, that wouldn't make sense; changes to
youtube typically require code changes to youtube-dl to work around, not
"data" changes.  Fortunately, the criteria for -updates do not require
splitting the package.

- Johs Triplett

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