Mike Hearn mike at plan99.net
Thu Nov 3 09:02:06 CST 2005

On Thu, 03 Nov 2005 05:57:04 +0100, Sebastian Dröge wrote:
> Also we won't ship the complete source for the binary anymore as
> we have only a newer ffmpeg version in our archives but the package's
> binaries _contain_ an older ffmpeg version. This is a possible
> violation of the GPL!

The obvious solution is to mark this as "NOT MY PROBLEM" - ffmpeg does not
have a stable API and should *never* be externally depended upon. The only
reasonable way to do this is to copy the parts of the library you need
into your own source tree then resync with it whenever convenient.

Basically, any program which uses ffmpeg but doesn't actually include the
files inside its own source has a bug ... it'd be better to patch *that*
instead of Debian constantly porting apps to the new APIs which would have
to be done upstream eventually anyway.

thanks -mike

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