[FFmpeg-devel] release feedback

Diego Biurrun diego
Thu Mar 19 01:12:38 CET 2009

On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:25:17PM +0000, Carl Eugen Hoyos wrote:
> Diego Biurrun <diego <at> biurrun.de> writes:
> > > Of course this means to put even more current manpower in the "development"
> > > of FATE (and a way to use FATE's knowledge for the tarball generation), but
> > > I believe we would clearly benefit in the long term.
> > 
> > Maybe we will be able to do this at some point in the future.  We can
> > talk when this day has arrived.  I'll gladly believe it when I see it.
> We have three to six month time and Mike is right now doing work to make this
> easier.
> I really believe everybody who cares about releases should try to work on this.

I repeat: I'll gladly believe it when I see it.

> > > > Also, different projects or programs use different revisions and thus
> > > > they have different feature sets and bugs in their FFmpeg component.
> > > > All make different sorts of patches.
> > > 
> > > I'm sorry, but I don't see what this has to do with the question
> > > if/when/how we release - please explain.
> > 
> > Distros want official releases so they can share the packaging work.
> > If they are based on the same release, they can take security fixes
> > from each other and their FFmpeg-based applications will behave the
> > same.
> I have to admit that I never used something else than rpm, but changing
> mplayerplug-in.tar.gz in mplayerplug-in.spec never has been a problem.

I do not see any relationship between what I wrote and what you replied.

> > > > What they want is something more dependable and a possibility to share
> > > > the packaging work among them.
> > > 
> > > How do daily "releases" make this more difficult?
> > 
> > A daily release might have some regression and distro X will inevitably
> > pick a different daily release than distro Y.  A bug fix might not apply
> > to a different revision or introduce subtle unrelated issues..
> Why are these subtle problems more unlikely if we call some of our releases (we
> still release daily, don't we?) "stable"?
> What I mean is, we didn't do anything to make it stable, or did we?

Have you been hiding under a rock these past few weeks? :)


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