New release ?

Gildas Bazin gbazin at
Wed Feb 20 09:24:53 CET 2002

On Wed, 20 Feb 2002 Christophe Massiot Wrote:
> I am currently in the middle of a major rewrite of the input 
>(that's the reason why I'm happier when no one commits in it...) 
>which will bring many things, including access layer abstraction, 
>auto-detection of input type, or even play backwards. Input III will 
>take a some time and will bring many bugs, so it probably won't make 
>it for the coming release.

Well, this sounds really exciting :)

>>I will begin with what I'm working on:
>>- complete rewrite of the configuration module (which was almost inexistant
>>anyway ;-). It will make plugins specific configuration a breeze and will
>>finally implement a config file :) (will hopefully be ready in about 2 weeks)
>I do not know if it is prone to breaking things, or if it will be 
>ready by the feature freeze.

I don't think it will create us any problems. Plugins will continue to use the same functions to access the configuration variables (main_GetPszVariable, ...) so it shouldn't break anything.

Anyway, as it will be a big patch, I was thinking about commiting the first part of the rewrite before the end of the week. This will be the part which is the most likely to break anything, so that will give us some time to test it.
This first patch will just be a conversion to the new configuration architecture, there will be no new gimmicks like a config file or a gtk configuration interface. However we should be able to start adding lots of plugins specific configuration options right from there.
After that I will start working on the config file and finally on the gtk interface.

I honestly think it is worth waiting for this feature before releasing. This is not a really exciting thing to work on but I'm sure it will be appreciated by lots of users. (the lack of configuration interface and config file is one of the major complaints we've got from users)

>>- it would also be nice to have a little bit of testing on the win32 port
>>before doing a release. The problem is that nobody wants to bother compiling
>>the win32 port so it gets only tested after the release.
>This is indeed a major problem. That's the reason why, for the 
>previous release (0.2.92), we have made binary pre-releases which 
>allowed users to test VLC on foreign platforms, and a STABLE branch 
>to check in patches which aren't prone to breaking things. I don't 
>know what else we can do.
Ok this solution looks fine by me.

>I guess our next step is to fork the CVS for the next stable branch.
I hope I will have convinced you to wait a little bit :)



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