[LAD] distros migrating to JACK2?

Arnold Krille arnold at arnoldarts.de
Sun Apr 18 17:42:00 UTC 2010

On Sunday 18 April 2010 00:14:31 Philipp wrote:
> Excerpts from Arnold Krille's message of 2010-04-17 23:15:11 +0200:
> >...
> > That way your favourite
> > music player can have an output plugin that looks for jack and if that is
> > not running, looks for pulse and finally choose direct alsa for
> > playback...
> I don't see why jack needs to be splitted for this, it works just fine
> with jack installed in a single package. Example Audioplayer: Aqualung

Because libjack (the same as libpulse) will start jackd if its not running. 
Unless that server-package is not installed:-) That is why these two should be 
separate. Sometimes you really don't want to run jack. But the 
developers/packagers of that music-player don't have a separate plugin and 
package for the jack-output. So you need the jack-lib to install the player. 
But you don't need the jack server to run that music player...

> In general it seems to be a matter of taste, and while debian folk sees
> benefits in it others simply don't think it's worth the trouble.

Hm, which distribution apart from gentoo do you know that has jacks libs and 
server/apps in one package?

> IMHO it simply shouldn't get in the way.

Thats exactly the not-so-simple point: Some developers make it very hard for 
users and packagers...

Have fun,

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