[FFmpeg-devel] Ideas to replace the options system

Ronald S. Bultje rsbultje at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 17:45:47 CET 2015

Hi Nicolas,

On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM, Nicolas George <george at nsup.org> wrote:

> Personal note: if you skimmed through the whole thing and did not find it
> completely uninteresting, I would appreciate even short quick feedback,
> even "looks interesting, will read more carefully later".

I feel for you :).

Yes, it's interesting. I think I support your main complaints about the
current option system (no way to wrap other option systems, no lists,
escape hell, etc.). I'm not sure I believe in "rewrite EVERYTHING!!!", but
if someone else does the work I will obviously not object.

I'm wondering if some of these features can simply be added as extensions
of the current API (if ABI breakage was OK). For example,
wrapping-through-introspection (which would probably also allow dynamic
lists values) doesn't sound like it needs a complete rewrite, and would be


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