[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] ffprobe: add compact and compactnk writers

Alexander Strasser eclipse7 at gmx.net
Mon Sep 26 02:01:25 CEST 2011

Hi Clément,

Clément Bœsch wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:15:08AM +0200, Stefano Sabatini wrote:
> [...]
> > >   On the other hand if we have/want hierarchies then some other
> > > mechanism needs to be chosen/designed/worked out to store them
> > > in flat data formats like CSV, passwd-style etc.
> > 
> > We don't want them ;-), at least we pretend that we don't need them
> > for the compact writers.
> > 
> Also, I'm not sure a real CSV is possible since the number of columns is
> not fixed (AFAIK it's not possible to have such thing with that format).

  As I quoted in my other mail. A variable number of columns is not
recommended by the RFC. OTOH I have used variable number of columns
often in the past and never had problems with it. I think fixed number
of columns for CSV is overly conservative and we should not adhere
to that if we implement a CSV output for ffprobe.

  I can guarantee you won't have any problems with most CSV libraries
and in my experience the spreadsheet programs work too.



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