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Re: Avail for test: tiff-3.5.7-1

Any objections if I remove the 'test' status on this release?  Has 
anybody experienced a regression failure?  (Has anybody even tested it?)


Charles Wilson wrote:

> TEST RELEASE.  PLEASE test to see that this DLL doesn't break your
> existing tiff-dependent applications (without recompiling your
> apps).  It *should be* backwards compatible, but we've had problems
> with libtiff before.  I want to be sure...
> Also, there are a few exported variables that are "bad" -- in the
> sense that they cannot be auto-imported (arrays of structs, etc).
> However, these are library private and should NOT be accessed by
> external programs.  If you find a rogue program out there that
> messes with these internal data objects, let me know...
> ---------------------------------
> The tiff package has been updated to version 3.5.7-1.  It is based
> on the official tiff-v3.5.7.tar.gz distribution, and provides a
> library and utility routines for manipulating tiff files and images.
> CHANGES: (vs. 3.5.6beta-2)
>   1. Internal changes to facilitate easier building/maintainance
>   2. tiff is now built using the 'auto-import' features of
>           recent binutils.
>   3. update to the official 3.5.7 release
>   4. install "private" headers so that libgeotiff can be compiled
>   5. the -src package is much larger now because it contains the
>      test images needed so that 'make check' works.
> Charles Wilson
> tiff volunteer maintainer for cygwin
> To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
> the web page.  This downloads setup.exe
> to your system.
> Run setup and answer all of the questions.  You must choose a
> mirror, since direct downloads from '' are no longer
> allowed.
> (US)
> (Korea)
> (UK)
> The setup.exe program will figure out what needs to be updated on your
> system and should install the tiff package automatically. To install
> this TEST version of tiff you'll have to select the experimental radio
> button in setup.
> If you have questions or comments, please send them to the Cygwin
> mailing list at: .  I would appreciate if you
> would use this mailing list rather than emailing me directly. This
> includes ideas and comments about the setup utility or Cygwin general.
> If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing list is
> the appropriate place.
> If you want to unsubscribe to the cygwin-announce mailing list, look at
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> o Now uses the auto-import functionality of newer binutils, and
> doesn't use __declspec(dllimport).  This means you no longer need
> when compiling objects intended for static linking. Just compile
> as normal. HOWEVER, you need to use a special flags when linking
> statically: 'gcc -static'. For dynamic linking, you need no special
> link-time flags (assuming you're using binutils newer than 20011002,
> when --enable-auto-import was made the default).
>   -- PRO: no compile time flags needed when building
>           client programs; ONLY need a link-time flag
>           linking to static libraries.  NO special flags
>           at compile-time nor link-time when linking to
>           dynamic links.
>   -- CON: (partial): if using binutils older than 20010930,
>           you now need a special linktime flag for dynamic
>           linking (-Wl,--enable-auto-import).  However,
>           with an up-to-date binutils, you don't need this.
> o Depends on zlib-1.1.3-7 and jpeg-6b-7 packages; please install those
> packages as well.
> o As of v3.5.3, libtiff no longer includes support for LZW-compressed
> images, due to Unisys' recent activities enforcing their patent. While
> the source archive contains the official 're-enable LZW support' patch,
> it is NOT applied to the source archive and the files in the binary
> package do NOT include that functionality. If you want it, you have to
> build it yourself (although the README file in
> /usr/doc/Cygwin/tiff-3.5.7.README contains step-by-step instructions
> for doing this, intended for *authorized users* only -- e.g. those
> outside of the US patent jurisdiction, or who have purchased
> a license from Unisys.)
> o Includes several utilities for manipulating tiff files. The binary
> package includes dynamically linked versions of these utilities,
> although the build process will make both dynamically and statically
> linked versions.
> o Building the package from source requires gcc-2.95.3-5 and
> binutils-20011002-1 or later
> o If you are building a package that depends on libjpeg, and you wish to
> link *statically*, just use 'gcc -static' when linking your package.
> There no need to -Ddefine anything special when compiling your object
> files.
> o No special -Ddefine options or link options are needed when building a
> package that depends on libjpeg and you want to link dynamically
> (recommended).
> o The following packages have been converted from old style
> "-DFOO_STATIC" to the new autoimport style of DLL structure:
>     ncurses   readline   gettext   zlib   tiff
>     libpng    xpm-nox    jpeg      jbig
> The following have not (yet) been converted, and still need
> -DFOO_STATIC for static builds:
>     bzip2     gdbm

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