[FFmpeg-devel] Broken third party software

Frans de Boer frans
Sun Sep 14 13:04:06 CEST 2008

Ok, how else would you call a product which has almost every day changes
and for which there is no substitute in the form an archive. Suppose,
that I started yesterday using FFmpeg because libquicktime and/or
cinelerra are asking for it. I can not get it compiled and I have no
clue which SVN version I need to get it compiled - assuming I am that
advanced that I know how to use the SVN command!?

It was not intended as a complaint, but if I should make one: why are
you not providing a "stable" package? In the rest of the world, it is
assumed that using code directly out of svn or cvs is regarded as
development and thus you are on your own risk.
Also, as developer you have a responsibility towards your "clients",
unless of course you are involved with FFmpeg for your own benefit only.
Don't follow the Redmond way, showing disrespect for your clients. Let
the OSS community show how it it can be done too.

So, either provide a "stable" archive or announce which svn version is
the latest version honoring 3 years of backward compatibility and
lastly: create a new branche to visually differentiate between


On Sun, 2008-09-14 at 06:54 +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 10:40:35PM +0200, Frans de Boer wrote:
> > 
> > I found that any svn version after 15241 causes libquicktime and
> > cinelerra not to be compiled due to changes in 15270 and later. Probally
> > there are more products which can no longer be compiled due to FFmpeg
> > changes.
> > 
> > Yes, I know: ffmpeg is not stable, but since it's around already a long
> > time and many projects are using it, they also depend on it.
> False, FFmpeg is not unstable.  The libavcodec version number has been
> bumped and backwards compatibility broken.  The last time we did this
> was almost 3 years ago, so don't come complaining now.
> Diego
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