Bug#527158: gstreamer0.10-plugins-good: should warn if the tag encoding is wrong

Tino Keitel tino.keitel+debbugs at tikei.de
Tue May 5 22:00:26 UTC 2009

Package: gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
Version: 0.10.14-2
Severity: normal

I noticed that rhythmbox shows correctly decoded tags for for local files,
but not for files provided by a mt-daapd server.  While analyzing this
issue, I saw that most of the tags in my MP3 collection contained garbage:
the text had a wrong encoding.  Very often, UTF8 text was put into ID3 v2.3
tags.  However, ID3 v2.3 doesn't support UTF8, only v2.4 does.

For local files, the broken encoding was magically and silently fixed, I
suspect the id3demux plugin is the culprit.  This behaviour looks
userfriendly at the first place, but the user also doesn't notice that his
files contain garbage in the tags (like with german umlauts, or other
non-ASCII characters), so there should be at least some warning that broken
text in ID3 tags was corrected.  This way, the user knows that there is
something wrong.

In my case, I installed mt-daapd, which handles the ID3 tags and the defined
charset according to the specification, and I ended up with broken tags in a
lot of files.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.30-rc4-00187-gb4348f3 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gstreamer0.10-plugins-good depends on:
ii  gconf2       2.26.0-1                    GNOME configuration database syste
ii  gstreamer0.1 0.10.22-5                   GStreamer plugins from the "base" 
ii  libaa1       1.4p5-38                    ascii art library
ii  libavc1394-0 0.5.3-1+b2                  control IEEE 1394 audio/video devi
ii  libbz2-1.0   1.0.5-1                     high-quality block-sorting file co
ii  libc6        2.9-10                      GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcaca0     0.99.beta16-1               colour ASCII art library
ii  libcairo2    1.8.6-2+b1                  The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libdbus-1-3  1.2.12-1                    simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libdv4       1.0.0-2                     software library for DV format dig
ii  libflac8     1.2.1-1.2                   Free Lossless Audio Codec - runtim
ii  libgcc1      1:4.4.0-3                   GCC support library
ii  libgconf2-4  2.26.0-1                    GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglib2.0-0 2.20.1-2                    The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgstreamer 0.10.22-5                   GStreamer libraries from the "base
ii  libgstreamer 0.10.22-3                   Core GStreamer libraries and eleme
ii  libgtk2.0-0  2.16.1-2                    The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libhal1      0.5.12~git20090406.46dc48-2 Hardware Abstraction Layer - share
ii  libiec61883- 1.2.0-0.1                   an partial implementation of IEC 6
ii  libjpeg62    6b-14                       The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  liboil0.3    0.3.15-1                    Library of Optimized Inner Loops
ii  libpng12-0   1.2.35-1                    PNG library - runtime
ii  libraw1394-1 2.0.2-2                     library for direct access to IEEE 
ii  libshout3    2.2.2-5                     MP3/Ogg Vorbis broadcast streaming
ii  libsoup2.4-1 2.26.1-1                    an HTTP library implementation in 
ii  libspeex1    1.2~rc1-1                   The Speex codec runtime library
ii  libstdc++6   4.4.0-3                     The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libtag1c2a   1.5-6                       TagLib Audio Meta-Data Library
ii  libv4l-0     0.5.9-1                     Collection of video4linux support 
ii  libwavpack1  4.50.1-1                    an audio codec (lossy and lossless
ii  libx11-6     2:1.2.1-1                   X11 client-side library
ii  libxdamage1  1:1.1.1-4                   X11 damaged region extension libra
ii  libxext6     2:1.0.4-1                   X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  libxfixes3   1:4.0.3-2                   X11 miscellaneous 'fixes' extensio
ii  libxml2      2.7.3.dfsg-1                GNOME XML library
ii  zlib1g       1:           compression library - runtime

Versions of packages gstreamer0.10-plugins-good recommends:
ii  gstreamer0.10-x               0.10.22-5  GStreamer plugins for X11 and Pang

gstreamer0.10-plugins-good suggests no packages.

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