codec location (was: Re: [MPlayer-dev-eng] [PATCH] enable dll codec support for mingw32andcygwin)

Billy Biggs vektor at
Mon May 5 05:27:21 CEST 2003

Diego Biurrun (diego at

> [...] I think we should settle for _one_ codec location instead of
> several different ones.  IMHO all codecs should go to /usr/lib/win32
> or /usr/local/lib/win32 or at least we should check this location by
> default for all codecs.  Having different directories for win32, qt,
> real and xanim is a PITA IMHO.  You can always specify separate
> directories via --with-xxxdir=/path/to/codec/xxx/.
> Maybe the name is a bit misleading nowadays.  /usr/lib/codecs/ would
> probably be better.  Maybe there is even an FHS dir for this, or maybe
> there should be...

  I'll just say this now.  I don't think /usr/lib/win32 was ever a good
idea.  /usr/lib will be searched by ld, won't it?  Nasty.  It just
doesn't seem right, they're not native libraries, they're DLLs that
require a special loader.

  The only sane location for codecs would be under a standardized
location in /usr/share, akin to /usr/share/fonts/ or /usr/share/sgml/


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