[FFmpeg-devel] Proposal: Homebrew tap for FFmpeg

Werner Robitza werner.robitza at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 12:59:57 EET 2019

On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 10:18 PM Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Feb 2019, at 22:08, Lou Logan wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 8, 2019, at 11:27 AM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote:
> > >
> > > Also, the AUR recipe does not push for non-free packages.
> >
> > The proposed homebrew formulae will not push for non-free packages. It
> > will simply provide the options for the user to enable two non-free
> > components (openssh and fdk-aac currently) if they desire. They have to
> > be explicitly enabled by the user by manually including the appropriate
> > option, such as "--with-fdk-aac".
> Yes, and this is exactly what I am objecting against.
> It silently enables non-free, when you ask either. See L 146 and following.

You could print an even more obvious warning message when these
options are used.
If that is a big concern, it can be easily dealt with.

> And yes, I strongly advise against the project advertising those non-free options.

Then the only consequence can be to remove these options or support
for these libraries altogether, because you'll find plenty of guides
and recommendations on how to build ffmpeg with non-free libs on the
Internet – even supplied by members who are very active in the FFmpeg
community. It is certainly your prerogative to be against explicit
advertising, but where do you draw the line? Has there been any
precedent with this, or is this going to be decided on a case-by-case

The only consequence would be a formula that is not owned and
controlled by FFmpeg, and people will continue to build non-free


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