[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Remove the ffserver program and the ffm muxer/demuxer

Clément Bœsch u at pkh.me
Sun Nov 27 20:30:24 EET 2016

On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 06:49:35PM +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 04:57:36PM +0100, Clément Bœsch wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 04:25:18PM +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > [...]
> > > ffserver had 14 commits to it in about the last month
> > 
> > That's also pretty close to the number of commits in the last years.
> > 
> > Good will in the last weeks is not enough of a technical
> > merit/justification to prevent the removal of junk code scheduled for
> > deletion for a long time now.
> why do you call it junk ?

because it's highly dependent on internal stuff, very limited, completely
untested, unmaintained for several years but still contains a ton of code.

> and the sheduling for deletion was conditional on it not being fixed
> Why the hurry to remove it while people work on fixing it ?
> its not blocking anything ATM AFAIK

There is no hurry, but piling up a bunch patches to fix small things just
to use it as an argument to say "hey look now it's maintained" in order to
save it from being killed is really annoying. The people interested in it
had years to act.

You can fix a ton of little things in it, but unless the fundamental
problems are addressed (ZERO internal API usage + at least partial FATE
coverage) it's pointless and will be seen as yet another case of "KEEP
EVERYTHING FOREVER" toxic mentality.

Clément B.

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