[Fedora-packaging] Re: Use of Internal Libraries
Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski
dominik at greysector.net
Fri Sep 19 18:09:15 UTC 2008
On Friday, 19 September 2008 at 19:01, Axel Thimm wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 02:59:22PM +0200, Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski wrote:
> > On Friday, 19 September 2008 at 09:59, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> > > On Fri, 2008-09-19 at 10:34 +0300, Axel Thimm wrote:
> > [...]
> > > > Just to quote one such example: ffmpeg is a fast moving target, and
> > > > any project depending on the lib API is cutting a checkout, patching
> > > > it a up and using it for its own purposes. Replacing these internal
> > > > ffmpegs with a system ffmpeg is a nightmare or even impossible w/o
> > > > rewriting the app interface to it. Given that ffmpeg and friends fall
> > > > under the patent forbidden class we don't see that directly in Fedora,
> > > > but this issue is still out there.
> > > Well, ffmpeg is a special case wrt. many issues. If they were doing a
> > > proper job, they would release properly versioned packages with properly
> > > versioned APIs, which could be installed in parallel.
> > They(we) don't have the manpower to do proper releases, but we do maintain
> > properly versioned API/ABI. The position of a release manager for FFmpeg
> > has been open for months. Many people complained, but nobody is willing
> > to do the legwork.
> Actually I did, you can read it up at the archives, but the ffmpeg
> devs didn't think this would be a good idea. The only positive
> comments were from other distribution packagers that would have even
> joined the release team taskforce, but w/o the developers' blessing
> (and at the very least a "do it now" assignment) there wasn't much we
> could do.
I've just re-read that thread and AFAICT nobody said it wasn't a good idea.
At least one developer offered to help. You even offered to prepare a release
candidate but never did.
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