[vlc-devel] [RFC] Merging extras/tools & contribs

Hugo Beauzée-Luyssen hugo at beauzee.fr
Tue Feb 12 09:00:19 CET 2019

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019, at 7:34 AM, Steve Lhomme wrote:
> On 11/02/2019 20:30, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote:
> > Le maanantaina 11. helmikuuta 2019, 17.45.39 EET Steve Lhomme a écrit :
> >> On 11/02/2019 09:10, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote:
> >>> Hi,
> >>>
> >>> The thing is, the Win32Compile wiki page still advises using prebuilt
> >>> contribs. I don't think GPL is a problem on Windows desktop. That
> >>> being the case, I don't thini we can break prebuilt contribs...
> >> I've used this page a lot but now it's outdated. I have my own guide to
> >> build VLC on Msys2: https://github.com/robUx4/vlc-msys
> > That page is about cross-compiling Windows, which is still the recommended
> > procedure as far as visitors are concerned. I don't personally care if we stop
> > prebuilt contribs - but we cannot have the cake and eat it.
> OK, it's a bit different. But given how often gcc evolves nowadays and 
> the goal to use LLVM as the main toolchain going forward, I don't think 
> prebuilt contribs will survive.

While I'd like to kill prebuilt contribs, I highly doubt it can go away, otherwise the windows continuous builds are going to be very long.

> It does mean that getting a first VLC build for Windows will take a bit 
> longer for newcomers. But I think it's better than something not working 
> and then people who want to contribute are left wondering how they'll 
> even get VLC to compile (because let's face it, with a mix of autotools, 
> cmake and meson, one has to know a bit about toolchain to hack in there).
> >
> > And beside the portability problem, I remain extremely dubious regarding the
> > dependencies propagation in case of merged contribs and tools.
> I agree, although that would solve some other differences between 
> compiling instructions, ie how to get the proper required packages. Here 
> they are either on your system or they will be built. All you need is 
> working native and target compilers.
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  Hugo Beauzée-Luyssen
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