[Bf-committers] Blender vs Debian - was Re: Blender GUI not working anymore on Debian sid.

Stephen Swaney sswaney at centurytel.net
Thu Aug 27 22:09:02 CEST 2009

On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 01:27:39AM +0900, Dietrich Bollmann wrote:
> > Its a wonder it works as well as it does:
> >
> http://www.mail-archive.com/debian-devel@lists.debian.org/msg275131.html

>From that mail msg (Upstream is us):

  * Upstream uses a lot of embedded code copies. Most of them with
   patches. That means that one has to get rid of them, tweak the
   sources so as to be able to use system-wide libraries, and most
   importantly, deal with any breakages that may happen. That's my
   main problem: they have their own copy of ffmpeg, which is a huge,
   fast-moving library, and trying to ensure blender is usable at any
   time after ffmpeg updates isn't trivial (obvious API breakages are
   still OK, but subtle ones aren't). 

How ironic.  The problems the author had getting Blender and some version
of ffmpeg to cooperate are the very reason that Blender uses a bundled
version of ffmpeg.

Stephen Swaney			
sswaney at centurytel.net

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