Bug#863754: Incorrect package description (and name) of gst-libav1.0 / gstreamer1.0-libav: It's ffmpeg, not libav

Daniel van Vugt daniel.van.vugt at canonical.com
Wed May 31 02:57:01 UTC 2017

Package: gstreamer1.0-libav
Version: 1.12.0-1

Incorrect package description (and name) of gst-libav1.0 / 
gstreamer1.0-libav: Refers to libav even though Ubuntu/Debian uses 
FFmpeg instead of libav:

Package: gstreamer1.0-libav
Description: libav plugin for GStreamer

They are distinct projects:
http://libav.org/ <-- Was used in the past
https://ffmpeg.org/ <-- Now used by Ubuntu and Debian

More history:

The incorrect wording appears to be directly inherited from upstream:

So the package description and names in Ubuntu and in Debian appear to 
be wrong. They should replace 'libav' with 'ffmpeg' (although 
confusingly both provide 'libav*' libraries).

Short term I think it makes sense to just fix up the Description text. 
Longer term if libav dies off in favor of ffmpeg and/or no one intends 
to ever switch back to libav from ffmpeg again then the package and 
projects should rename to s/libav/ffmpeg/g.

Downstream bug report: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1694409

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