[vlc-devel] Gentoo irresponsible packaging

Devin Heitmueller dheitmueller at kernellabs.com
Tue Aug 29 16:41:41 CEST 2017

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM, RĂ©mi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab.net> wrote:
>         Hello,
> It has come to my (and others) attention that Gentoo unilaterally merged a
> patch to their VLC port against our advice. I warned very unambiguously that
> this patch was broken on Trac. And now it broke VLC on Gentoo exactly as per
> the warnings.
> And then Gentoo users blame VideoLAN. This is totally irresponsible and
> unacceptable behaviour for a packager. This is not how you should cooperate
> with your upstream. Compare Debian/Ubuntu.
> As a consequence and until further notice:
> 1/ I reserve the right to proactively advise against Gentoo anytime I see fit,
> and encourage any other VLC dev do likewise.
> 2/ Any bug report on any medium that involves Gentoo may be summarily closed
> as invalid or notvlc.
> 3/ (As the defacto upstream Linux port maintainer) I hereby decalre that
> running VLC on Gentoo is officially unsupported.
> And I daresay that whoever did this makes a good case against distribution
> packaging and in favor of first-party software bundles. Sawing the branch that
> you sit on (French proverb).

Hi Remi,

Could you please provide a link to the patch and/or Trac reference so
others can get some additional context on the actual issue?



Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs

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