[webkit-dev] Plugin process

Adrian Perez de Castro aperez at igalia.com
Mon Jul 20 08:02:52 PDT 2020

On Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:35:24 -0500, Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro at gnome.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 11:47 am, Adrian Perez de Castro 
> <aperez at igalia.com> wrote:
> > Our tentative plan for sunsetting the NPAPI support is to keep 
> > supporting
> > the GTK3 plugin process in the next stable release series. This means 
> > that
> > we could remove the support from trunk after creating the stable 
> > branch
> > for the 2.30.x releases—that would be around September-October 2020.
> Well branching normally occurs in August... just a few weeks away now. 
> Then we can make the plugin process specific to PLATFORM(COCOA), until 
> Apple figures out if it can be removed, and we can delete the support 
> for all other platforms.

Oh, I was sleepy when I wrote that… of course you are right: branching
for the stable release happens *before* the first release of the series
is done, not after. So yes, we can start removing the plugin process from
trunk around August.

> For now, I'll submit a patch to deprecate these settings without 
> changing behavior yet.
> > I think we would need to make the public API to toggle the support 
> > for plugins
> > a no-op and log a warning to avoid breaking applications.
> Well a warning certainly doesn't hurt. I suspect no applications are 
> using it, though.

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