[vlc-devel] [PATCH 2/3] vout: pause and resume the decoder pool
remi at remlab.net
Sat Nov 28 10:23:36 CET 2015
On Friday 27 November 2015 19:08:20 Thomas Guillem wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2015, at 18:46, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote:
> > On Friday 27 November 2015 17:28:56 Thomas Guillem wrote:
> > > > I am not sure this problem is even specific to pause, and not just
> > > > pure
> > > > timing chance.
> > > >
> > > > In any case, that looks like a problem with flushing, not with
> > > > pausing.
> > > > There was previously a kludge (I think by "the other" Felix) to
> > > > prevent
> > > > picture allocation during flush.
> > >
> > > Yes, I know this problem, I reworked the hack in order to don't depend
> > > on Decoder_IsFlushing (that is dead now). But now, the problem occurs
> > > only with avcodec (on any platforms).
> > I think checking the flushing flag is unworkable at this point: the
> > clearing
> > the decoder flushing flag and flushing the decoder would have to be done
> > atomically.
> > On the one hand, currently, the flushing flag is cleared after the
> > decoder is
> > flushed. A threaded decoder could attempt to allocate a picture buffer in
> > the
> > interval, e.g. processing extra data, or just in anticipation. So
> > allocating
> > the picture buffer cannot fail while flushing: That would lead to
> > spurious
> > decoding errors, and potentially loss of key frame.
> > On the other hand, if the flushing flag were cleared before flushing the
> > decoder, a race condition would exist whereby the decoder attempts to
> > allocate
> > a picture buffer before the flush callback - leading back to the original
> > problem of waiting on the pool.
> > So I can only think of two remaning avenues:
> > - flush the video output before *and* after the decoder,
> Nothing prevents that the decoder starve all pictures again between the
> first vout_Flush and the DecoderFlush. But it's a corner case that is
> almost impossible to reproduce.
If the decoder requires more picture buffers than the DPB count allows, the
decoder is broken beyond use. That would not have worked in previous VLC
version either; picture allocation would have eventually failed after a long
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