libasound2-plugins removed from xenial with no replacement

Asked by Kevin D'Ambrosio on 2018-04-15

I might be totally wrong about this, but it looks like the libasound2-plugins package has been removed from the xenial repositories, because it has been superseded by alsa-plugins. But I can't install the alsa-plugins package either. That is, it doesn't appear when I do an `apt-cache search` and I can't install it with apt-get.

I ended up downloading the libasound2-plugins package from and installing it manually. The module I needed was ``. The apt-file command shows that this file belongs to the libasound2-plugins package. This module is required for running alsamixer and mednafen, and probably a lot of other things.

Should libasound2-plugins or alsa-plugins be available in the xenial repositories? Here is the link that I'm basing this question on

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1 shows that the package libasound2-plugins does exist for xenial.

For diagnostic purposes: what is the output of the following commands:

uname -a
lsb_release -crid
apt-cache policy
apt-cache policy libasound2-plugins

Kevin D'Ambrosio (kdambrosio) said : #2

Ah... not sure how I missed this.

Package: libasound2-plugins
Pin: version *
Pin-Priority: -1

I had that in my preferences.d directory, left over from an old version of kodibuntu. Thanks for the response!