[FFmpeg-devel] CONFIG_W64_DEMUXER and dead-code elimination

Hendrik Leppkes h.leppkes at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 13:11:06 CEST 2016

On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:09 PM, Ronald S. Bultje <rsbultje at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:17 AM, Matt Oliver <protogonoi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Obviously changing things would require a consensus from all the devs.
>> Personally I would like to see the DCE stuff removed as currently as stated
>> debug or lto builds will fail with msvc and these are both options that are
>> support by the configure script yet wont actually build without errors
>> until DCE is removed. Ive also seen similar issues when using icl as well
>> so although some may state there advantages to DCE it is fundamentally
>> breaking things on certain platforms so it should be decided what is more
>> important.
> The discussion has so far always centered around the fact that DCE is
> available on all platforms we support. The same reason was given to use C99
> as a baseline.
> When it turned out that Microsoft had incompetent leaders in their compiler
> team, we wrote the converter for them, and the humiliation worked, MSVC
> supports C99 now.
> I'm estimating that writing a DCE converter would take as little as a tenth
> of the time it took us to wrote the C99 converter. Public embarrassment
> works really well in some situations, and Microsoft is in clear need of it.

Honestly I don't think these situations are comparable. There is no C
specification that mandates DCE to be executed in a debug build.
Relying on it happens to work on some compilers, but fails on others.
I wouldn't claim those where it fails in debug are necessarily

- Hendrik

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