[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] RoQ encoder

Rich Felker dalias
Sat May 5 03:00:27 CEST 2007

On Sat, May 05, 2007 at 12:57:35AM +0100, Robert Swain wrote:
> Out of personal interest and being a lesser experienced programmer,  
> I've always been lead to believe that 'goto' shouldn't be used unless  
> absolutely necessary. Grepping the FFmpeg source throws up far more  
> results than I expected so now I'm wondering - why have you suggested  
> the use of goto over something like a 'while' loop? If it's better to  
> use a goto in some cases, I'd like to know when and why. :)

This is nonsensical dogma. Continue and break statements are exactly
the same thing as goto. Use whatever control construct makes sense to
the code you're writing. Inserting dummy loops so you can break just
to "hide" your goto in a break statement is ridiculous. If you mean
goto, say goto.

FWIW, goto is extremely useful for error case handling can cleanup
before error returns.


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