[FFmpeg-user] where to post suggestion for the documentation?

Paul B Mahol onemda at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 18:10:48 EET 2020

On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 11:05 PM Jim DeLaHunt <list+ffmpeg-user at jdlh.com>

> On 2020-11-02 13:42, Steve Newcomb wrote:
> > Where should I post a suggestion for a minor clarifying improvement to
> > the documentation that certainly would have saved me some time
> > <https://trac.ffmpeg.org/ticket/8944#comment:2>?
> Thank you for pointing out this omission in the FFmpeg documentation
> <https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg-protocols.html#pipe>. You are making a good
> suggestion about what to add in order to correct that omission:
>  > Any number of unnamed output pipes is supported, provided all output
> pipes are inherited from a parent process that creates them, allows them
> to be inherited by child processes, and then spawns ffmpeg and all the
> processes that will read those same pipes.
> I think <https://trac.ffmpeg.org/ticket/8944> is a poor place to put
> that message, however, because the ticket's description is already
> centred around the observations about ffmpeg functionality; observations
> which ar ebased on a misunderstanding. That means this ticket will
> likely get closed and ignored.
> It would be better to have a separate ticket which is centred on the
> documentation omission.
> Just to set your expectations, however, this project does not seem to
> value improving its documentation. Don't be surprised if that ticket
> languishes. You could also learn how to edit the documentation, and
> submit a patch with the documentation fix to ffmpeg-devel. That patch
> might well also languish, because it may not get the sign-off required
> for it to be applied. I speak from experience.
> As evidence of this attitude, see
> <https://trac.ffmpeg.org/ticket/8944#comment:3> on your ticket:
>  > FFmpeg's documentation is not a a beginner's course to Unix. Learn to
> use your operating system.
> Zero concession that the documentation omits useful information. Zero
> acknowledgement that the documentation should have a goal to help users
> succeed when using FFmpeg. 100% blame on user's ignorance for the obstacle.
> As a second-best approach, I've included your suggested paragraph here,
> where it will get into the list archives. Maybe someone searching for
> help will find your insight that way.
> Sorry to be a bearer of bad news. Thank you again for your efforts to
> share what you have learned. Many readers of this list appreciate it.
I really wish there are no people like you on this list at all.
Please unsubscribe immediately from this list and never ever come back.

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>       —Jim DeLaHunt, software engineer, Vancouver, Canada
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