[FFmpeg-devel] Proposal: Homebrew tap for FFmpeg

Gerion Entrup gerion.entrup-ffdev at flump.de
Thu Feb 7 18:25:03 EET 2019

Am Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2019, 21:41:29 CET schrieb Werner Robitza:
> Dear all,
> Homebrew has, with its 2.0 release, removed all options for its core
> formulae [1], including ffmpeg. This means users can no longer add
> non-default dependencies that aren't included in the core formula [2].
> That creates a bit of a messy situation, as users are expecting to be
> able to build ffmpeg with additional libraries, including nonfree ones
> such as fdk-aac. This is no longer easily doable.
> The Homebrew maintainers suggest to provide an alternative third-party
> tap with an ffmpeg formula, such as this one created by another user
> [3].
> I propose that FFmpeg maintains its own ffmpeg formula under its
> GitHub organization at github.com/ffmpeg/homebrew-ffmpeg (or similar).
> This will ensure that there's one formula users will discover when
> they look for an alternative tap, thus improving discoverability and
> avoiding fragmentation. We could use the above link as a starting
> point.
> Homebrew's lead maintainer also noted that this repo ("tap") could be
> indexed [4] – he was reluctant to point to it in the official
> formula's caveat section though, as they will not endorse third-party
> taps.
> I am happy to maintain this formula – and maybe there are other
> community members who want to support this effort. The maintenance
> effort would basically be: bumping the formula everytime there's an
> official release, and testing its build.
> Please let me know your thoughts.
> Best regards,
> Werner
> [1] https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-core/issues/31510
> [2] https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-core/blob/master/Formula/ffmpeg.rb
> [3] https://github.com/varenc/homebrew-ffmpeg-with-options/blob/master/Formula/ffmpeg.rb
> [4] https://docs.brew.sh/Interesting-Taps-and-Forks


do the dependencies of the options need to be maintained in the repo as well?

(BTW, the whole option concept seems to be quite similar to use flags in Gentoo [1].)


[1] https://gitweb.gentoo.org/repo/gentoo.git/tree/media-video/ffmpeg/ffmpeg-4.1.ebuild

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