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Re: Maintainers/Packages List, 2003-11-22

On Sat, Nov 22, 2003 at 04:09:04PM -0500, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>Unless there is a real need for this service, I don't see a reason to
>advertise out-of-date packages publicly.  There is no requirement that
>every package in the cygwin distribution be absolutely up-to-date.  IMO,
>sending out something like this gives the impression that it is
>something to strive for.  I can imagine some of our more clue challenged
>users latching onto this message and assuming that their problem with
>patchutils is due to the fact that it is now advertised as being out of
>Also, I don't necessarily want to have to repeatedly defend a decision
>to not use the latest version of, say, flex every time this message is

On thinking about this some more, I think I'm approaching this from the
wrong direction.  Being notified of package updates would be a nice
service if it was opt-in and configurable somehow.  Personally, I
already have a mechanism that I've been using for years to notify me
when a package changes, not that I use it for everything that I
maintain.  However, it's likely that others would appreciate this

So one solution is to create a database on with
package information in it that package maintainers can control.  And, I
could adapt my current program to send out update notices as new
packages become available -- to those people who are interested in
getting the notices, of course.


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