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Bug 532779 - ffmpeg configured with options leading to GPL license
ffmpeg configured with options leading to GPL license
Product: GStreamer
Classification: Platform
Component: gst-libav
git master
Other Linux
: Normal normal
: 0.10.13
Assigned To: GStreamer Maintainers
GStreamer Maintainers
: 654037 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-05-12 14:52 UTC by Tim-Philipp Müller
Modified: 2011-10-31 10:12 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description Tim-Philipp Müller 2008-05-12 14:52:32 UTC
./ in gst-ffmpeg CVS results in this for me:

=== configuring in gst-libs/ext/ffmpeg (/home/tpm/uninstalled/clean/gst-ffmpeg/gst-libs/ext/ffmpeg)
configure: running /bin/bash ./configure '--prefix=/usr/local'  '--disable-ffmpeg' '--disable-vhook' '--disable-ffserver' '--disable-ffplay' '--enable-postproc' '--enable-gpl' '--enable-static' '--enable-shared' '--disable-encoder=flac' '--disable-decoder=cavs' --cache-file=/dev/null --srcdir=.
Unknown option "--cache-file=/dev/null".
See ./configure --help for available options.
Unknown option "--srcdir=.".
See ./configure --help for available options.
install prefix            /usr/local
source path               /home/tpm/uninstalled/clean/gst-ffmpeg/gst-libs/ext/ffmpeg
C compiler                gcc
.align is power-of-two    no
ARCH                      x86_64 (generic)
big-endian                no
MMX enabled               yes
CMOV enabled              no
CMOV is fast              no
EBX available             yes
EBP available             yes
gprof enabled             no
debug symbols             yes
strip symbols             yes
optimizations             yes
static                    yes
shared                    yes
postprocessing support    yes
software scaler enabled   no
new filter support        no
filters using lavformat   no
video hooking             no
network support           yes
IPv6 support              yes
threading support         no
SDL support               yes
Sun medialib support      no
AVISynth enabled          no
liba52 support            no
liba52 dlopened           no
libamr-nb support         no
libamr-wb support         no
libdc1394 support         no
libdirac enabled          no
libfaac enabled           no
libfaad enabled           no
libfaad dlopened          no
libgsm enabled            no
libmp3lame enabled        no
libnut enabled            no
libschroedinger enabled   no
libtheora enabled         no
libvorbis enabled         no
x264 enabled              no
XviD enabled              no
zlib enabled              yes

Enabled decoders:
aasc                    fraps                   qdraw
ac3                     gif                     qpeg
adpcm_4xm               h261                    qtrle
adpcm_adx               h263                    ra_144
adpcm_ct                h263i                   ra_288
adpcm_ea                h264                    rawvideo
adpcm_ea_maxis_xa       huffyuv                 rl2
adpcm_ea_r1             idcin                   roq
adpcm_ea_r2             imc                     roq_dpcm
adpcm_ea_r3             indeo2                  rpza
adpcm_ea_xas            indeo3                  rv10
adpcm_g726              interplay_dpcm          rv20
adpcm_ima_amv           interplay_video         sgi
adpcm_ima_dk3           jpegls                  shorten
adpcm_ima_dk4           kmvc                    smackaud
adpcm_ima_ea_eacs       loco                    smacker
adpcm_ima_ea_sead       mace3                   smc
adpcm_ima_qt            mace6                   snow
adpcm_ima_smjpeg        mdec                    sol_dpcm
adpcm_ima_wav           mimic                   sonic
adpcm_ima_ws            mjpeg                   sp5x
adpcm_ms                mjpegb                  sunrast
adpcm_sbpro_2           mmvideo                 svq1
adpcm_sbpro_3           mp2                     svq3
adpcm_sbpro_4           mp3                     targa
adpcm_swf               mp3adu                  theora
adpcm_thp               mp3on4                  thp
adpcm_xa                mpc7                    tiertexseqvideo
adpcm_yamaha            mpc8                    tiff
alac                    mpeg1video              truemotion1
amv                     mpeg2video              truemotion2
ape                     mpeg4                   truespeech
asv1                    mpegvideo               tscc
asv2                    msmpeg4v1               tta
atrac3                  msmpeg4v2               txd
avs                     msmpeg4v3               ulti
bethsoftvid             msrle                   vb
bfi                     msvideo1                vc1
bmp                     mszh                    vcr1
c93                     nellymoser              vmdaudio
cinepak                 nuv                     vmdvideo
cljr                    pcm_alaw                vmnc
cook                    pcm_mulaw               vorbis
cscd                    pcm_s16be               vp3
cyuv                    pcm_s16le               vp5
dca                     pcm_s16le_planar        vp6
dnxhd                   pcm_s24be               vp6a
dsicinaudio             pcm_s24daud             vp6f
dsicinvideo             pcm_s24le               vqa
dvbsub                  pcm_s32be               wavpack
dvdsub                  pcm_s32le               wmav1
dvvideo                 pcm_s8                  wmav2
dxa                     pcm_u16be               wmv1
eightbps                pcm_u16le               wmv2
eightsvx_exp            pcm_u24be               wmv3
eightsvx_fib            pcm_u24le               wnv1
escape124               pcm_u32be               ws_snd1
ffv1                    pcm_u32le               xan_dpcm
ffvhuff                 pcm_u8                  xan_wc3
flac                    pcm_zork                xl
flashsv                 pcx                     xsub
flic                    png                     zlib
flv                     ptx                     zmbv
fourxm                  qdm2

Enabled encoders:
ac3                     mjpeg                   pcm_u8
adpcm_adx               mp2                     pcm_zork
adpcm_g726              mpeg1video              pgm
adpcm_ima_qt            mpeg2video              pgmyuv
adpcm_ima_wav           mpeg4                   png
adpcm_ms                msmpeg4v1               ppm
adpcm_swf               msmpeg4v2               qtrle
adpcm_yamaha            msmpeg4v3               rawvideo
asv1                    pam                     roq
asv2                    pbm                     roq_dpcm
bmp                     pcm_alaw                rv10
dnxhd                   pcm_mulaw               rv20
dvbsub                  pcm_s16be               sgi
dvdsub                  pcm_s16le               snow
dvvideo                 pcm_s24be               sonic
ffv1                    pcm_s24daud             sonic_ls
ffvhuff                 pcm_s24le               svq1
flashsv                 pcm_s32be               targa
flv                     pcm_s32le               tiff
gif                     pcm_s8                  vorbis
h261                    pcm_u16be               wmav1
h263                    pcm_u16le               wmav2
h263p                   pcm_u24be               wmv1
huffyuv                 pcm_u24le               wmv2
jpegls                  pcm_u32be               zlib
ljpeg                   pcm_u32le               zmbv

Enabled parsers:
aac                     dvdsub                  mpeg4video
ac3                     h261                    mpegaudio
cavsvideo               h263                    mpegvideo
dca                     h264                    pnm
dirac                   mjpeg                   vc1
dvbsub                  mlp

Enabled demuxers:
aac                     iff                     pcm_u8
ac3                     image2                  pva
aiff                    image2pipe              rawvideo
amr                     ingenient               redir
apc                     ipmovie                 rl2
ape                     lmlm4                   rm
asf                     m4v                     roq
au                      matroska                rpl
avi                     mjpeg                   rtsp
avs                     mm                      sdp
bethsoftvid             mmf                     segafilm
bfi                     mov                     shorten
c93                     mp3                     siff
daud                    mpc                     smacker
dirac                   mpc8                    sol
dsicin                  mpegps                  str
dts                     mpegts                  swf
dv                      mpegtsraw               thp
dxa                     mpegvideo               tiertexseq
ea                      msnwc_tcp               tta
ea_cdata                mtv                     txd
ffm                     mxf                     vc1
flac                    nsv                     vc1t
flic                    nut                     vmd
flv                     nuv                     voc
fourxm                  ogg                     wav
gif                     pcm_alaw                wc3
gsm                     pcm_mulaw               wsaud
gxf                     pcm_s16be               wsvqa
h261                    pcm_s16le               wv
h263                    pcm_s8                  xa
h264                    pcm_u16be               yuv4mpegpipe
idcin                   pcm_u16le

Enabled muxers:
ac3                     image2                  nut
adts                    image2pipe              ogg
aiff                    ipod                    pcm_alaw
amr                     m4v                     pcm_mulaw
asf                     matroska                pcm_s16be
asf_stream              matroska_audio          pcm_s16le
au                      mjpeg                   pcm_s8
avi                     mmf                     pcm_u16be
avm2                    mov                     pcm_u16le
crc                     mp2                     pcm_u8
dirac                   mp3                     psp
dts                     mp4                     rawvideo
dv                      mpeg1system             rm
ffm                     mpeg1vcd                roq
flac                    mpeg1video              rtp
flv                     mpeg2dvd                swf
framecrc                mpeg2svcd               tg2
gif                     mpeg2video              tgp
gxf                     mpeg2vob                voc
h261                    mpegts                  wav
h263                    mpjpeg                  yuv4mpegpipe
h264                    null

Enabled protocols:
file                    pipe                    tcp
http                    rtp                     udp

Enabled filters:

Enabled bsfs:
dump_extradata          mov2textsub             noise
h264_mp4toannexb        mp3_header_compress     remove_extradata
imx_dump_header         mp3_header_decompress   text2movsub

Enabled indevs:
dv1394                  v4l                     v4l2

Enabled outdevs:

License: GPL
Creating config.mak and config.h...

Now type 'make' to compile gst-ffmpeg.

I think there's quite a bit of stuff that should be disabled, no?
Comment 1 Edward Hervey 2008-05-13 14:39:16 UTC
The reason we add it is because of postprocessing :

Here is what happens when you configure with --disable-gpl:

=== configuring in gst-libs/ext/ffmpeg (/home/bilboed/work/devel/gst-ffmpeg/gst-libs/ext/ffmpeg)
configure: running /bin/sh ./configure --disable-option-checking '--prefix=/usr'  '--disable-ffmpeg' '--disable-vhook' '--disable-ffserver' '--disable-ffplay' '--enable-postproc' '--disable-gpl' '--enable-static' '--enable-shared' '--disable-encoder=flac' '--disable-decoder=cavs' --cache-file=/dev/null --srcdir=.
Unknown option "--disable-option-checking".
See ./configure --help for available options.
Unknown option "--cache-file=/dev/null".
See ./configure --help for available options.
Unknown option "--srcdir=.".
See ./configure --help for available options.
The Postprocessing code is under GPL and --enable-gpl is not specified.
If you think configure made a mistake, make sure you are using the latest
version from SVN.  If the latest version fails, report the problem to the mailing list or IRC #ffmpeg on
Include the log file "config.err" produced by configure as this will help
solving the problem.
configure: error: ./configure failed for gst-libs/ext/ffmpeg
  configure failed
Comment 2 Edward Hervey 2008-05-14 16:24:07 UTC
In fact... there's only a very small amount of GPL code in the libavcodec/libavformat/libavutil libraries (the one used for the main ffmpeg gstplugin).

Ideally... we want to build those 3 libraries as LGPL (without any GPL code), and still build postproc... which'll obviously be GPL.
Comment 3 Edward Hervey 2008-05-14 17:34:45 UTC
Bringing severity down after chatting with tim.
Comment 4 Edward Hervey 2011-07-05 20:40:24 UTC
*** Bug 654037 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Edward Hervey 2011-07-05 20:40:48 UTC
Patch from duplicate bug #654037 looks valid to fix this issue.
Comment 6 Edward Hervey 2011-10-31 10:12:50 UTC
Module: gst-ffmpeg
Branch: master
Commit: 77fa4072ee70f26e3182517b952392d71233c5db

Author: Martin Storsjo <>
Date:   Tue Jul  5 21:35:46 2011 +0300

Allow building a LGPL only gst-ffmpeg plugin

This removes --enable-gpl and --enable-postproc from the
ffmpeg configure line, and disables building the postproc
gstreamer plugin.