[vlc-devel] [PATCH 1/2] libvlc: add libvlc_media_player_dump

Jean-Baptiste Kempf jb at videolan.org
Sat May 21 01:43:03 CEST 2016

On 20 May, remi at remlab.net wrote :
> I think we mostly agree, but look at it from different angles. There is no
> value for LibVLC to add in fetching files, locally or via common network
> protocols (especially HTTP, FTP, CIFS and NFS). There are better OS, app
> frameworks and 3rd party libs for those.

I am not sure I totally agree with you on this part. On numerous OSes,
accessing CIFS, UPnP or NFS is a huge pain, and even the famous libcurl
does not do a good job at it on many OSes (been there, done that.)
But that does not change the rest of the mail, I agree...

> Fetching media may be interesting. But whether you like or not, the dump demux
> cannot do it. You know as well as I why/how it does not work. It cannot handle

On that part, I agree. I know some of the limits of the dump demuxer.

> access_demux sources, manifest/descriptor/playlist formats, DTV, losslessly
> compressed files, archive formats,b directories - all the interesting things.

Agreed, too.

> On top of that, I think that this API proposal has a number of serious
> shortcomings, such as inability to direct output, watch progress, or actual
> bugs/races.

Yes, it's a quick API I suggested (wrongly), to solve a quick problem.

> How to solve that, I do not really know. And that is beyond the scope of patch
> review.

Let's speak about that IRL, then. With a drink and a good dinner, then

With my kindest regards,

Jean-Baptiste Kempf
http://www.jbkempf.com/ - +33 672 704 734
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