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Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add ffmpeg.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add ffmpeg.
Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:12:54 +0100
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Andreas Enge <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:50:54PM +0100, Andreas Enge wrote:
>> I just submitted a bug report for the failure on i686:
> Well, it looks as if "make check" is not the preferred way of testing ffmpeg.
> Rather, one should download about 750 MB of video samples and run a specific
> test program on them (that can be built and run with "make fate"); see the
> replies to the bug report.

Ouch, indeed.

> For Guix, it does not seem to be reasonable to either download 750 MB of
> test data, or to package them, so I would suggest to disable the tests
> for now.
> What do you think?

Is it really the case that that much needs to be downloaded before the
slightest test can be run?

The samples wouldn’t really have to be “packaged”: they’d just be an
input.  For someone using substitutes, the samples are not going to be a
problem (because they’ll never be downloaded.)  However, it is indeed a
problem when building things locally.

Anyway, I agree that it’s a major inconvenience, but I wonder if we
should be concerned about shipping without testing.  What do people


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