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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Why are gstreamer plugins split? Reply with quote

Upstream gstreamer plugins are in 7 repositories
http://cgit.freedesktop.org/gstreamer/gst-plugins-{good,bad,ugly,gl,base} http://cgit.freedesktop.org/gstreamer/gst-openmax http://cgit.freedesktop.org/gstreamer/gst-libav

Why are they split in 40+ packages in gentoo?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because most people only ever need a tiny fraction of those 40, and it's easier to get a list of what codecs are actually installed that way than reading USE descriptions.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant P. wrote:
Because most people only ever need a tiny fraction of those 40, and it's easier to get a list of what codecs are actually installed that way than reading USE descriptions.

Well, the later part is arguable.
It was actually a decision of the main maintainer at the time - even some of the people in the herd had strongly disagreed.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you got a source for that?

(Or if it's easier to answer: is it the same maintainer who decided to proactively rip out GTK+2 support from all apps that supported 2.x & 3.x, while gtk3 was still unusable?)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant P. wrote:
Have you got a source for that?

(Or if it's easier to answer: is it the same maintainer who decided to proactively rip out GTK+2 support from all apps that supported 2.x & 3.x, while gtk3 was still unusable?)

Actually, the person, whose reaction I refer to, was the very same one who was most active at moving the tree to gtk3 (and that wasn't a really bad move, just perhaps one Gnome release early).
As for the source, there's an old bug (IIRC a closed one) where he states he leaves gstreamer herd for that reason.
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