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Re: Maintainers please weigh in on 64-bit Cygwin

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 07:32:37PM +0100, Achim Gratz wrote:
>Christopher Faylor writes:
>> Have you considered the implications of having someone else do your
>> packages?  That means potentially different setup.hint, potentially
>> different versions and version-numbering schemes, and possible
>> source-level patches which you have not touched.
>My (maybe faulty) understanding is that 32bit and 64bit will be
>completely separate distributions of Cygwin.  I'm not sure how much
>value it has to try to synchronize them down to the level of version or
>even release numbers; that sounds like a lot of extra coordination that
>suddenly becomes necessary.

Other distros seem to synchronize down to version and release and while
I know that may not always be possible I think it is something to strive

>It would be certainly be more difficult when there are different
>maintainers for the same package in the two distributions, so if that
>sort of synchronization is a goal, then I agree that the maintainer
>should usually be the same person for both distributions.
>Only time will tell how many differences 64bit really triggers in terms
>of extra patches and the like.  Seeing how much code still assumes
>Cygwin == Win32 w/ POSIX this might be a bumpier ride than expected
>(although I'm usually having good luck by simply throwing out the
>Cygwin-specific code and take the Linux branch).



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