[FFmpeg-user] ffmpeg issue

dE . de.techno at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 12:48:13 CET 2011

On 12/12/11 07:58, Phil Rhodes wrote:
>> You simply have to install the right packages.
> There is a great tendency among linux people to leave things out of 
> instructions, and I suspect this is what you are doing here as what 
> you're saying simply does not reflect my experience.
> An environment capable of building ffmpeg, or at least an ffmpeg 
> useful in 2011, comprises at least a few thousand files, once you 
> involve dependencies, dependencies of dependencies, source, headers, 
> makefiles, scripts, configuration, documentation, executables and 
> libraries for everything that's required. Each one of those files has 
> to be the right version with the right permissions in the right place, 
> correctly referred to in other files, creating a thousands-factorial 
> web of potential failure, and you furthermore have to worry about 
> which of those files will land you in bankruptcy court or prison if 
> you happen to give the executable to a friend.
> Anybody trying to assert that this is in any way trivial or easy is 
> simply a fantasist.
> My direct experience is that it fails much more often than it 
> succeeds. These failures are generally overlooked by the linux 
> community on the basis that most of them are repairable if you happen 
> to be an expert in configuration and shell scripts, makefiles, C 
> itself, and of course the API and coding conventions of every piece of 
> software that's involved.
> If you are not that person, which I am not, what you will actually 
> find is that somewhere early, very early, in the procedure, you will 
> hit a problem, and you will ask about it on a mailing list and 
> everyone will call you an idiot, because you didn't understand that 
> when someone said "Perform procedure X", what they actually meant was 
> to perform the procedure then fix the inevitable problems arising 
> therefrom.
> I would love one of the clever people who's been disagreeing with my 
> comments to take a brand new Ubuntu box and enlighten us all, step by 
> step, with what it actually took to create a build environment for 
> ffmpeg. My suspicion is: quite a lot of banging on text files.
> P
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Build environment is meant for developers, development is a task of 
professions (may be not for Con Kolivas) and being a professional isn't 

I've installed from live GIT cause I'm using Gentoo, so I dont have to 
compile -- emerge does it for me; otherwise, even I wouldn't have bothered.

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