[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] doc/examples/muxing: make compatible with C++

Stefano Sabatini stefasab at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 19:58:16 CET 2014

On date Friday 2014-03-14 17:15:23 +0100, Michael Niedermayer encoded:
> On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:17:16AM +0100, Stefano Sabatini wrote:
> > On date Thursday 2014-03-13 23:10:40 +0100, Clément Bœsch encoded:
> > > On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 06:03:49PM +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > [...]
> > > I don't think supporting examples compilation with g++ is worth the
> > > effort. Actually, I believe it's harmful because people doing C will start
> > > copying naive/broken/c++ patterns (are you going to cast malloc() return
> > > values too?).
> > 
> > +1, we decided FFmpeg was C and we shouldn't try to make half-baked
> > attempts at pretending it is C++ or the next looks-almost-like-c
> > thing.
> this patch doesnt change ffmpeg, it changes the examples.
> People who want to use ffmpeg from C++ need examples which work in
> C++.
> ive written that patch in response to a question of how to do what
> muxing.c does from C++ as it didnt build even with extern C and the
> error messages truly where not helpfull in figuring out what was
> the cause.

We have this page:

We could extend the page, probably rename it, add more comments about
using FFmpeg from C++ and link it from the README (which we should
rename DONTREADME so people would actually read it).

As it is the patch is half baked, because:

1. it is not written anywhere that examples can be directly converted
to C++ code
2. the preprocessor hack is only adopted in muxing.c, ignoring all the
other C examples.
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