Bug#478010: ffmpeg-free: Please add a build-option to just build internal encoders

Sjoerd Simons sjoerd at luon.net
Mon Apr 28 20:16:45 UTC 2008

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 09:38:11PM +0200, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
> I hope you both don't object CC'ing the bug, so that lool does see this
> conversation as well. Sjoerd, may I bounce our private mails of this
> thread to the BTS?

Sure, i didn't even notice i dropped the BTS from the replies.

> Fabian Greffrath <greffrath at leat.rub.de> writes:
> The question I've been asking my the whole day is this: Do we really
> need to add this extra complexity? I think we only need it if users are
> doing this on an automated basis. By looking at the comments in
> debian/rules and editing the corresponding lines it is pretty trivial to
> acheive the exact combination that is wanted.
> Sjoerd, can you please elaborate about the motivation of your bug
> report? Do you have a setup where you need to automatically build
> (modified?) packages regularily?
> TBH, I find the current debian/rules already complex enough, and would
> like to avoid additional complexity here. But I'm not really decided yet
> on this point.

I do it often (Basically every time you guys upload a new package and a few
times extra on different archs), but i do it manually. The rationale is that i
tend to forget which bits to edit again to leave stuff enabled. Which is quite
annoying to discover that encoders were disabled again and having to
re-discover how to fix it etc :).. Basically what i like is to be able the
rebuild your packages quickly without having the hack in debian/rules manually.

Your right on complexity ofcourse, but the current rules are 99.9% there. The
change i sent in a previous mail is basically enough for me so :).. The extra
complexity of splitting the external stuff into different categories could be
nice in theory, but i'm personally not so interested in it.

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