[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH 3/3] lavc: remove Libav ABI compat hacks

Nicolas George george at nsup.org
Sun Sep 6 10:01:02 CEST 2015

Le decadi 20 fructidor, an CCXXIII, Clement Boesch a écrit :
> To me, losing the ABI compatibility should not be an issue, because so far
> it seems no downstream trusted it. To my understanding, it was introduced
> as a way to simplify distribution work into integrating both FFmpeg and
> Libav. The only concerned distribution by this issue solved the problem
> differently. To the best of my knowledge, no one else is concerned.

That is true, but only thanks to the major bump. Otherwise, we may have
thousands of simple distro users who taks the responsibility to install
FFmpeg as shared libraries in /usr/local/, making all the distro application
using it.

I have no idea if that use case is frequent or not, but neither does Ronald.

> Still, the change of policy and its consequences should be clearly stated.

Hear, hear. Thank you.

And by the way, if we decide to drop ABI compatibility, the mature thing to
do would be to avoid the SONAME conflict by changing the naming scheme.


  Nicolas George
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