[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH 3/6] avutil: delay removal of the PIX_FMT_* flags

Frank Lömker floemker at gmx.de
Mon Aug 10 02:39:28 CEST 2015


On 08/09/2015 08:51 PM, Hendrik Leppkes wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 8:28 PM, Frank Lömker <floemker at gmx.de> wrote:
>> And that's even the easy part. A lot of people don't update there
>> distribution every six months, often it's years old. If you try to
>> support all these distributions you end up with lot's and lot's of
>> #ifdefery. With FFmpeg and it's continuous API changes that gets
>> quite fast quite complex and hard. And adding a copy of FFmpeg and
>> linking statically to every small tool is really not a solution.
> Old distribution, old ffmpeg, but wanting new software?
> Is the linux world so jaded that everyone just ignores this conflict,
> instead of expecting users to update their system if they want brand
> new apps to work on it?

I find that quite normal. Why should it be required to update the
complete system, a perfectly running one, just to use a small tool
you need for a special task? There is a reason for e.g. even the
ABI, in addition to API, stability of the kernel for user code or
the libc ABI/API stability.

That's especially important for out of distribution software, and
there is a lot of that.


Frank Loemker

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