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Re: help/version patches
- From: Joshua Daniel Franklin <joshuadfranklin at yahoo dot com>
- To: cygwin-patches at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 10:15:09 -0800 (PST)
- Subject: Re: help/version patches
> Adding version numbers is not a bad idea (although, I can't honestly
> think of a time when it would have helped to have this information).
> Adding version numbers in the middle of the program, in the middle of a
> text string is, IMO, a bad idea. The version number should be at
> the top of the program in a
> const char version = "something";
> and referenced in the version string.
> As Robert indicated, using the CVS version number is probably the best
> way to handle this. setup.exe currently uses the CVS version. Use that
> as an example.
I was trying to avoid doing what setup.exe does. In the Makefile.in there
is a grep/sed combo that grabs the version from the Changelog and creates
a file to include. This is fine for a lot of files that compile into one
(setup.exe) but is it really necessary for 13 utils, most of which take
only one file of code? What about a sed script that takes that CVS/Entries
file and creates something like versions.c with:
const char cygcheck_version= "1.23";
const char cygpath_version= "4.56";
which could then be #include'd in each file? Then at least no one would have
to edit the version code; it would just make. (BTW, I used cygpath.cc as a
reference point for the version code; it is currently in a hard-coded printf.)
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