[Bf-committers] Meeting minutes, nov 7, 2010

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sun Nov 7 18:13:18 CET 2010


1) Current projects

- Campbell Barton has a patch in the tracker to place background  
images with empty objects.

- Meeting shortly discussed progress in particle branch, which  
involves node-based particle editing too.

2) Blender 2.5x topics

- Janne Karhu proposed to make pointcache baking (like for particles)  
threaded, but he was getting thread issues with scene drawing, mostly  
due to an ancient global variable.

Meeting then went into review of how threaded render works in general,  
which is not stable yet. Brecht reminded that there's a "Debug" test  
101 for it (CTRL+ALT+D, set to 101), which copies the entire database  
(but there's issues with Images still).
Ton confirms this needs further research, and is defintely a 2.5 target.

- Andrea Weikert noticed 'noise depth' on Perlin-noise based textures  
had a too low maximum setting. Will be fixed. Example: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=6856

- Campbell mentions there are too many "Blender doesn't start" bug  
reports. He suspects gfx cards to be the issue, and proposes to get a  
couple of different cards to configure systems at home with.

- Nathan Letwory suspects that (for Windows) a "doesn't start" bug is  
also related to failing installer issues. The installer doesn't handle  
priviledged vs nonpriviliged files well, and there are problems with  
installation path finding code.
Maybe we should drop the installer, and just provide a  
register_blender.bat or install.bat?

- Campbell and Thomas Dinges will look into removing unused files from  

- Campbell proposes to ditch old Makefiles, Ton protests, but will  
test Cmake in due time. Andrea mentions Cmake to MSVC has a nasty bug,  
creating directories for every C file.

- Question: is anyone even supporting Irix for 2.5x?


Ton Roosendaal  Blender Foundation   ton at blender.org    www.blender.org
Blender Institute   Entrepotdok 57A  1018AD Amsterdam   The Netherlands

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