[MPlayer-dev-eng] [PATCH] mplayer: add the -ass-keep-fonts option.

Alexander Strasser eclipse7 at gmx.net
Mon Mar 2 13:27:28 CET 2015

Hi all!

  Nicolas, your initial email was complete, but it was still easy to
get the wrong impression of what the feature is about.

  Now onto the topic, read below:

On 2015-03-01 22:54 +0100, wm4 wrote:
> On Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:33:06 +0100
> Nicolas George <george at nsup.org> wrote:
> > Le primidi 11 ventôse, an CCXXIII, wm4 a écrit :
> > > But you have a process-wide initialization process, which affects all
> > > following files played in a single process. And that even though
> > > MPlayer by convention resets _everything_ when going to the next file.
> > 
> > Yes, it does, unless set the corresponding option to not reset it.
> > 
> > > Having the fonts only in the "first" episode of a series is broken.
> > 
> > True. That is not what I am intending to use at all. Re-read my first mail
> > carefully, everything is in it.
> > 
> > And, for the record, most people do not watch a whole series in a single
> > MPlayer command line, so it would not encourage to produce that kind of file
> > anyway.
> > 
> > If you can not understand how this option can be used, maybe it is only that
> > it does not fit your personal use scheme. That does not mean it is not
> > useful to others. You can assume it would be useful to me at least.
> I think the problem is rather that your use-scheme is incredibly
> specialized and obscure (not that there's anything wrong with this - I
> just wonder why it would belong into the mainline version of the
> software).
> Anyway, if this isn't for fixing broken files, and does not involve any
> plans to write/distribute broken files, then ignore me.

  AFAICT this feature has nothing to do with distribution of broken
files. If I am not mistaken, it is more about enabling a specific use
case where you enable the player to keep the fonts loaded so you could
use an MKV file that contains the fonts instead of installing them
on the system or attaching the fonts to every MKV file that needs
them. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  This is not likely to make any impact on how files are distributed
in general. Nobody that distributes files in the large would assume
all users use MPlayer to play the files and turn on that option. They
would either bundle the fonts in each file, or rely on their users
to have installed those fonts somehow.

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