[MPlayer-dev-eng] [rfc] committing rules and other policies

Ivan Kalvachev ikalvachev at gmail.com
Sun Feb 25 21:49:05 CET 2007

2007/2/25, Rich Felker <dalias at aerifal.cx>:
> On Sun, Feb 25, 2007 at 11:37:53AM +0100, Luca Barbato wrote:
> > Recent complaints about Uoti behaviour lead to a long thread, here I'm
> > asking some questions that were posed there:
> >
> > - rules, which are the rules:
> >   - coding style?
> >       Is it useful (yes)? Which one(ffmpeg one)?
> My view is same as always: whatever style (or lack thereof) the
> maintainer of the file likes, as long as it has a maintainer. Even if
> it doesn't have a maintainer, if the file has a consistent style from
> the original author it would be nice for that to be preserved.
> >   - commit rules?
> >       do the history worth much (as in svn cp)?
> Absolutely.
> >       cosmetics vs functional changes?
> Should always be separated. This makes it possible to review commits.
> In principle it's even possible to machine-test that a commit is
> purely cosmetic. Perhaps we should have a pre-commit hook that
> looks for "**cosmetic**" in the commit message:
> - if it finds it, try compiling before and after and reject if the .o
> files no not match
> - if it doesn't find it, reject any changes in indention/etc.
> Before getting pissed off keep in mind the above is half a joke...
> I'll leave it to our evil dictator Diego to implement... ;)
> >       one change per commit?
> >       What about large changes?
> Not entirely sure. IMO MPlayer should be in a working, compilable
> state at any revision number, unless someone makes a mistake and
> forgets to commit other dependent changes. But it's still nice to
> split changes up as much as possible within this framework.
> >   - code compatibility (gcc version?)
> >       do we really support gcc-2.95 (ppc does not, amd64 does not,
> >       sparc does?, mips does?)?
> Your mention of specific archs shows that the issue is not trivial to
> understand. These archs DO support gcc-2.95 because mplayer and ffmpeg
> are portable C code (C89 + minor C99 features that have been in gcc
> for over a decade)...aside from amd64 which is newer than gcc-2.95. :)
> The question here is whether the vector ops are supported.
> The relevant principle here is principle of least dependency.
> Regardless of whether you want to explicitly support gcc-2.95 or not,
> there is no reason to introduce unnecessary dependency. That's the C89
> versus C99 issue. As far as I know, there's no remotely-working C
> compiler that does not support the minor C99 features MPlayer and
> ffmpeg are using now. There are plenty of compilers that don't support
> full C99, _including_ latest gcc! So arguing that we should be free to
> use whatever C99 constructs we want is obviously nonsensical.
> There are plenty of projects I've had some involvement with, such as
> ELinks, which insist on using pure C89 and seem to plan on doing so
> for the forseeable future. Any claim of "backwardsness" is just
> trolling. Well-managed projects will always follow a principle of
> least dependency.
> The second question here is forced upgrades. That's where the
> asm/arch-specific stuff comes in. There is an asm syntax that's been
> supported in gcc ever since gcc had has inline asm. It goes back at
> least to 2.7 and probably 2.6 or 2.5. Do the research if you care.
> Then, there's a second inline asm syntax that keeps changing with
> every "modern" release of gcc. Following this new, moving target is
> akin to using the C++ language or writing Linux-kernel software. The
> rules keep changing under you.
> Here the answer is much less clear. There's no standard to go by. What
> MPlayer has been doing for x86, and what I believe is the correct
> solution according to the principle that forced upgrades are bad, is
> to follow the interface that's been stable for 10+ years, and restrict
> using constructs that worked in that old interface but that have been
> broken by recent instability.
> FYI to the flamers^H: This is my last word on the issue in this
> thread. I don't intend to reopen old arguments and waste everybody's
> time. You know who you are and keep in mind that people are already
> mad enough at you right now...

Actually i find the gcc explanation so detailed and balanced that I'd
ask you to commit it in docs/tech/, with minor changes and eventually
link or two ;)

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