[Libreoffice] about the removing of binfilter

Marc-André Laverdière marc-andre at atc.tcs.com
Sun Aug 21 22:06:18 PDT 2011

I think that one good selling point for LO is that it can be the VLC of 
documents, meaning that it can/should handle anything you throw at it.

If we migrate things to an extension, that'd not be a big deal, but 
then that is like transforming VLC into gstreamer. It requires a tiny 
bit more work to get it to work for your use case.

Is there a way to modularize it enough so that we could have a LO 
'light' and a LO 'full' release?

Marc-André Laverdière
Software Security Scientist
Innovation Labs, Tata Consultancy Services
Hyderabad, India

On Sat 20 Aug 2011 11:55:54 AM IST, Norbert Thiebaud wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM, Kálmán „KAMI” Szalai
> <kami911 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> HI!
>> On 2011-05-31 10:46, Michael Meeks wrote:
>>> Come LibreOffice 4 the plan is to rip out the legacy staroffice binary
>>> formats import filter to avoid the maintenance burden, build time, and
>>> download size. If someone does the work to maintain it and/or turn it
>>> into an extension is up to them - there is no-one stopping that.
>>> Perhaps by whacking vcl, basic, svtools, framework, connectivity etc.
>>> and statically linking them into there we can make it much more self
>>> contained anyway. ATB, Michael.
>> Whit this changes how many workhour,
> presumably not that much since no-one is working on it... but still
> now and again a change in core trigger a breakage in binfitler that
> need fixing...
> Of course that is not counting the work hours that would have to be
> expended when someone report that there are actually broken and need
> fixing...
> nor is that counting the hours spent testing it (if we deliver it an
> claim to support it, there should be some QA on it right? )
>> build time,
> On my linux tinbuild, with perfect ccache hit, buidling that represent
> a 12% increase on the build time of that box.
>> download size
> On Mac, about 30MB, Linux about 35MB.
>> can be saved per release?
> Norbert
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