Taglib 2-year anniversary coming up

Michael princip2000 at mail.ru
Mon Jul 16 15:38:32 CEST 2007

I like to propose a possible course. Release a Release Candidate based 
on latest SVN.

The 1.4 version has some significant bugs. Leading to misreading, lack 
of features and even data-loss and file-corruption. Hard work by both 
Scott Wheeler as well as a lot of other contributors has fixed quite a 
lot. Just these 30 fixes contain show some very nasty bugs that are 
present in 1.4 but or now fixed and this is just a selection of fixes. 

Sadly, the average user that chooses the latest 1.4 version will not 
benefit from those two years of development.

As a result, a lot of applications (e.g. Amarok, Songbird, Cog, Play, 
Max) out there decided to use a more recent SVN version. Some by 
themselves, some because the risks of 1.4 was pointed out to them. 
Songbird is a good example. Luckily, someone pointed it out to them and 
they were saved from bringing out an app still based on 1.4.

Since a lot of applications are already using a more recent version of 
Taglib than 1.4, and a lot of the issues brought to light by this 'live 
testing' are already patched or have possible bugfixes posted to the 
dev-list, I think it is safe to say the present SVN is less buggy than 
the 1.4 version.

How about releasing the present state of SVN as a 1.5 Release Candidate? 
The name displays caution but at the same time gives people looking at 
Taglib for the first time an option for a less buggy version. 
Furthermore, it shows active development, something you wouldn't notice 
when not subscribed to the dev-list.

Now, I am aware there are to-do list items for 1.5 still waiting to be 
coded and patches posted to the dev-list still waiting to be evaluated. 
But, as Scott Wheeler seems to be a bit time constraint lately, 
releasing an RC based on present SVN would be a very fast option needing 
relatively light effort but with much progress for average users. 
Waiting on those remaining patches could take quite a while. A 'while' 
in which the average user still won't benefit from last two years of 
work. However, should some of those land just after RC1, a Release 
Candidate 2 is easily made.


Valent Turkovic wrote:
> Can you please provide us with some info when will you make some
> bug-fix release ready for us - users.
> Thank you,
> Valent.
> On 7/16/07, Sander Jansen <s.jansen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A release would certainly be appreciated. Release early and often as
>> some might say...
>> Cheers,
>> Sander
>> On 6/15/07, Valent Turkovic <valent.turkovic at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Will you please, please, please release a new and patched version of
>>> taglib - there is an really big issue with taglib and linux podcasts -
>>> if you produce linux podcast they all have wrong playback length and
>>> issues on most podcast players on linux and also in amarok and also on
>>> ipods! I can listen only to half of the show and now the whole podcast
>>> show because of this bug.
>>> I heard that fix is in place and only thing I need is to wait for new
>>> version of taglib to be pushed out... and it's been months and still
>>> this hasn't happened and all distros still distribute the buggy taglib
>>> version. Please, please, please make it available so that all mayor
>>> linux distros can include it and so that producing and playback of
>>> audio podcasts (and other audio materials) on linux works ok, as it
>>> does on other platforms.
>>> Thank you for your hard work in these two years and for providing
>>> opensource community this great tool called taglib!
>>> Thank you very much.
>>> Valent from Croatia.
>>> link:
>>> http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=130185
>>> On 6/13/07, Halim Issa <yallaone at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Thanks for a great tag library!
>>>> I noticed that the 2 year anniversary for the current release is coming up in
>>>> a little more than a month.
>>>> In these two years, a lot of useful patches and updates have been committed,
>>>> but as no release has been done, quite a few distributions are still using
>>>> the near two-year-old version.
>>>> Is there any chance or hope that some of the progress made over the past two
>>>> years might see a public release anytime soon, or would someone mind sharing
>>>> some light on the release process?
>>>> Thanks in advance for any insight, and apologies offered if this is considered
>>>> nagging.
>>>>  -h
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