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Bug 669358 - New package: media-sound/sunvox-bin: A small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer/tracker
Summary: New package: media-sound/sunvox-bin: A small, fast and powerful modular synth...
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal with 1 vote (vote)
Assignee: Default Assignee for New Packages
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-10-22 21:53 UTC by Sophie Hamilton
Modified: 2022-12-22 04:07 UTC (History)
0 users

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Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

sunvox-bin-1.9.4c.ebuild (sunvox-bin-1.9.4c.ebuild,1.88 KB, text/plain)
2018-10-22 21:53 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
License: SunVox (SunVox.txt,323 bytes, text/plain)
2018-10-22 21:53 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-1.9.4c.ebuild (with requested changes from comments #2 and #3) (sunvox-bin-1.9.4c.ebuild,1.86 KB, text/plain)
2018-10-24 11:28 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-1.9.5.ebuild (sunvox-bin-1.9.5.ebuild,1.86 KB, text/plain)
2020-01-23 06:30 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-1.9.5d.ebuild (sunvox-bin-1.9.5d.ebuild,1.85 KB, text/plain)
2020-01-23 06:34 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-1.9.6b.ebuild (sunvox-bin-1.9.6b.ebuild,1.71 KB, text/plain)
2020-12-02 18:01 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-1.9.6b.ebuild (sunvox-bin-1.9.6b.ebuild,1.71 KB, text/plain)
2020-12-02 18:03 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-2.0.ebuild (sunvox-bin-2.0.ebuild,1.81 KB, text/plain)
2022-01-24 21:36 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-2.0.ebuild (sunvox-bin-2.0.ebuild,1.81 KB, text/plain)
2022-01-24 21:43 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-2.0e.ebuild (sunvox-bin-2.0e.ebuild,1.81 KB, text/plain)
2022-01-24 21:44 UTC, Sophie Hamilton
sunvox-bin-2.0e-r1.ebuild (sunvox-bin-2.0e-r1.ebuild,1.81 KB, text/plain)
2022-12-22 04:07 UTC, Sophie Hamilton

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Description Sophie Hamilton 2018-10-22 21:53:13 UTC
Created attachment 552448 [details]

I've been using SunVox ( ) on Linux for a while now as my main digital audio workstation software, and thought I'd try writing an ebuild for it.

It's a binary-only package distributed as freeware (exact license will be attached in the next comment), but comes in several different flavours for 32-bit and 64-bit machines. (It also has binaries for arm/arm64, but I'm not in a position to test those and haven't included support for them in this ebuild.)

Because of the limited arches this is available on and cannot simply be recompiled for other arches, I wasn't sure whether using ${MULTILIB_USEDEP} would be the correct thing to do or not. Instead, I mimiced the variable in the ebuild for the two arches that the ebuild supports.

Because this installs a binary, I've explicitly included all the dependencies listed by ldd in RDEPEND, even though many of them could probably be assumed to exist just by the "X" use flag on libsdl2. If this is the wrong thing to do, please let me know!

I was not able to find slots/subslots for any of the dependencies, which could result in different ABIs later down the line, rendering the package unable to start up. (I have, however, put an explicit version dependency of 2.0* on libsdl2, because ldd seems to report that it's looking specifically for a 2.0 shared library.) I'm not sure if any incompatibilities will arise, but it seems safer to be careful about it.

I am not associated with the author of SunVox, I'm just a happy user of the software.

Please let me know if there are any issues.
Comment 1 Sophie Hamilton 2018-10-22 21:53:42 UTC
Created attachment 552450 [details]
License: SunVox
Comment 2 Jeroen Roovers (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2018-10-24 06:36:32 UTC
Comment on attachment 552448 [details]

>DESCRIPTION="A small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer/tracker."

Please place no dot at the end of DESCRIPTION. It's not a sentence but more of a title.


No need to set and empty DEPEND.


No need to set and empty BDEPEND.
Comment 3 Jeroen Roovers (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2018-10-24 06:37:51 UTC
Comment on attachment 552450 [details]
License: SunVox

That looks pretty generic.
Comment 4 Sophie Hamilton 2018-10-24 11:28:33 UTC
Created attachment 552686 [details]
sunvox-bin-1.9.4c.ebuild (with requested changes from comments #2 and #3)

New version of the ebuild with the corrections to DESCRIPTION, DEPEND, BDEPEND and LICENSE as requested.

I've picked "freedist" as the generic license because that seems to be the closest one available, although I wasn't sure if the "There are no restrictions on the use of your own content created with this software." line in the original license was legally significant or not.

BTW, is there a listing of generic licenses available? The closest thing I could find to any sort of metadata was /usr/portage/profiles/license_groups, which doesn't even have "freedist" listed. In the end I had to resort to using the command line to find the most-used licenses in the Portage tree, then finding one that looked relevant.

Also, what's the BDEPEND variable used for? It's not documented at (or in the "Variables" section, either of the Dev Manual, either).
Comment 5 Sophie Hamilton 2018-10-24 11:37:50 UTC
Also, I meant to ask - is my usage of ABI_X86 to determine which version(s) to install correct? I know that ABI_X86 is normally used for libraries, but because it's important to install the correct binaries here, it seemed appropriate. I don't know if there's any better way of doing it except perhaps "if use amd64", and I don't know if that's an appropriate usage.
Comment 6 Reva Denis 2019-09-13 14:27:12 UTC
Vote for this. So many good packages still doesn't icluded because of lack of maintainers.
Comment 7 Sophie Hamilton 2020-01-23 05:46:16 UTC
SunVox 1.9.5 has been released. The same ebuild can be used if it's version-bumped.

Despite that, I'll upload a new one because I also noticed that I never actually put "New package" in the summary field, and also I never included a GCO sign-off on the old ebuild. My apologies.
Comment 8 Sophie Hamilton 2020-01-23 06:30:41 UTC
Created attachment 604038 [details]

media-sound/sunvox-bin: new package

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 9 Sophie Hamilton 2020-01-23 06:34:16 UTC
Created attachment 604040 [details]

I forgot to update the copyright on the ebuild, sorry!

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 10 Sophie Hamilton 2020-03-15 10:56:51 UTC
Comment on attachment 604040 [details]

The existing ebuild can be used with SunVox 1.9.5d, so I'll just rename the attachment.

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 11 Sophie Hamilton 2020-12-02 18:01:38 UTC
Created attachment 676336 [details]

SunVox 1.9.6b was released last week; here's an ebuild for it!

Changes to note in this ebuild:

* The new 'curves' directory from the archive is copied over if you have the 'examples' USE flag on.
* There is no longer a binary for CPUs that do not support SSSE3, so that USE flag has been removed.
* The binaries that are supplied are now pre-stripped. There's not much I'd be able to do about this other than set RESTRICT="strip" in the ebuild, but I'm not sure if this is what I'm supposed to do or not. There is a QA warning on install about this.
Comment 12 Sophie Hamilton 2020-12-02 18:03:34 UTC
Created attachment 676339 [details]

I forgot to sign off my previous attachment, so I'll upload it again just in case it's necessary. See the previous comment for details; there are no differences.

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 13 Sophie Hamilton 2022-01-24 21:36:56 UTC
Created attachment 763540 [details]

Sunvox 2.0 was released yesterday!

Changes in the ebuild:

* Added the QA_PREBUILT variable to hint to Portage that we can't do anything with these binary files.
* Cleaned up the dependency list to only include direct dependencies.
* Added an "opengl" USE flag to allow installing of the new OpenGL binary for x86_64 systems. (There is no OpenGL binary for x86_32, so in these cases the regular SDL binary is installed.)

This new ebuild *should* be compatible with EAPI 8 as far as I can tell, but I haven't yet updated to a compatible Portage so I cannot test that. Therefore, this ebuild only uses EAPI 7.

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 14 Sophie Hamilton 2022-01-24 21:43:18 UTC
Created attachment 763542 [details]

Oops, I forgot to change the copyright date in the header.

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 15 Sophie Hamilton 2022-01-24 21:44:38 UTC
Created attachment 763543 [details]

...pretend you didn't see that. *whistleS*

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 16 Sophie Hamilton 2022-03-09 13:11:35 UTC
The same ebuild for 2.0 can be used for 2.0e, as well, which is why I haven't been updating it.

I'll rename the attachment now, and I'll also remove the version number from the title of this bug.

Signed-off-by: Sophie Hamilton <>
Comment 17 Sophie Hamilton 2022-12-22 04:07:51 UTC
Created attachment 844607 [details]

Updating version dependency on libsdl2 to 2*

This should have been done back in August, but I didn't notice this until now. It appears that the ABI version remains at 2.0 so it doesn't seem to matter that we're using a newer version of libsdl2.

I've lightly tested the x86/x86_64 binaries that link to libsdl2 to make sure they still work with the newer libsdl2 versions and they seem to work, so I believe this should be good.