[vlc-devel] [PATCH] contrib: gnutls: fix win32/winstore patches

Steve Lhomme robux4 at ycbcr.xyz
Tue May 19 07:16:06 CEST 2020

On 2020-05-18 17:26, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote:
> Le maanantaina 18. toukokuuta 2020, 18.11.44 EEST Rémi Denis-Courmont a écrit
> :
>> Hi,
>> I don't think it's appropriate to push such a huge patchset. It's pretty
>> much impossible for anybody, except maybe you, to upgrade with this (or
>> then it will break Windows).
> In other words, contribs is not the place to maintain large patchsets or
> forks. Patches should be submitted upstream and backports should have the
> cherry-pick cross-reference.

I agree and I'm working on getting things pushed upstream. But there are 
many problems. Sometimes people just don't care or don't know their code 
enough or have unmaintained code (a month later I'm still waiting for a 
single answer for this patch 
Windows is less a priority for most projects and winstore builds even 
less. Plus it's a blurry/tricky subject noone really want to care about.

That doesn't mean we don't want to support it and if we do, we have to 
do what it takes to get there, even if the original project doesn't. 
That's why we have so many patches in contribs, sometimes for dead 
projects. We still review our code, including patches to contribs.

As for gnutls, it's a sensitive part that needs special care. I will 
submit what I can upstream, without much hope. But some of the patched 
code is not even in their repository. It's only in their packaged 
sources. It's probably comes from somewhere else but I don't know where yet.

In any case, I won't push this one yet because it doesn't build in the 
CI: https://code.videolan.org/robUx4/vlc/-/jobs/395117
I modify configure.ac but do *not* run RECONF because it fucks up the 
whole system (probably trying to handle that external code and failing). 
On my system, configure runs and when trying to build, it realizes 
configure.ac has changed and do the reconf and it works. Unfortunately 
it doesn't seem to work in the Docker images...

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