[mythtv] Question about new build requirements for NVDEC

David Engel david at istwok.net
Wed Jan 16 23:35:23 UTC 2019

On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 08:15:56PM +0000, Gary Buhrmaster wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 7:41 PM Peter Bennett <pb.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> > For future builders including end users and package builders, requiring
> > a package from deb-multimedia may be a problem?
> The number of people building from source is likely
> smallish compared to what gets installed via someone
> else's packaging.  deb-multimedia, as I understand it,
> has an interesting history, and can require careful
> configuration to avoid certain issues and anomalies.
> Installing anything locally into /usr/local has its own
> issues and anomalies of course.
> > I imagine Ubuntu would not accept a package that
> > required a package from deb-multimedia as a
> > dependency for building.
> Probably not, but it is also possible no one has
> started the process(es) to get nv-codec-headers
> into Ubuntu along with ffmpeg.  I have no standing,
> but someone who did could look into starting the
> process to get those headers packaged for the
> good of everyone.
> And one could consider creating a PPA now, until
> Ubuntu steps up.
> > On the other hand, we carry our own copy of FFmpeg in the MythTV
> > repository, so it may make sense that we should carry a copy of this as
> > well, since it is really a part of FFmpeg.
> Certainly a possibility, but anything you do not need
> to carry is likely better.  And if the distro provides the
> headers, you should probably prefer them (as
> configure now does for a number of libraries)

As a long-time, Debian user, and one who has been bitten by problems
caused by installing d.m.o packages, I strongly recommend against
using them.  We should either include the headers in our own source or
create packages for them until they are included in the distros.

David Engel
david at istwok.net

More information about the mythtv-dev mailing list