[FFmpeg-devel] Allergy against "distribution" maintainers, was: [PATCH] define _BSD_SOURCE for bktr.c

Reinhard Tartler siretart
Sun Dec 14 21:11:37 CET 2008

Reimar D?ffinger <Reimar.Doeffinger at stud.uni-karlsruhe.de> writes:

> Which may also help understand why some of us are very allergic to
> "distribution" maintainers hoarding a set of mysterious and undocumented
> patches

Please note this:

Distribution maintainers very often are not as knowledgable of ffmpeg
internals as ffmpeg developers. This very often results in "substandard"
patches, which when submitted or catched up by upstream very often get
refused in an rather unfriendly ways.

This is pretty frustrating for both distribution maintainers and ffmpeg
upstreams. Very often this results in very hesitant behavior and
hoarding of patches without bringing them up on this mailing list until
they have been improved to meet the requirements set by the ffmpeg
project. Very often distros also do not share the same requirements of
quality of changes which results in larger piles of patches in the
distribution package. Which makes the whole mess only more frustrating.

What I actually want to say: I have the impression that you (as in
ffmpeg developers) set very high bars for contributions. On the other
hand you seem pretty surprised if people willing to get ffmpeg in
distributions do not manage to meet this expectations. Which surprises

Please give it a though.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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