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Re: Why the rash of people bypassing setup.exe to install?

andrew clarke wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 15, 2003 at 07:50:48AM +1100, andrew clarke wrote:
>> Section 2 of the FAQ might also put people off using Setup because
>> it's described as a "work-in-progress" and seemingly a bit of a
>> moving target.
> Actually, just out of interest, will new Setup programs always be
> backward-compatible (within reason) with packages designed for old
> versions of Setup?  The point being, a user should expect to be
> able to install an old .tar.bz2 file from a local directory using
> the latest version of Setup.  If not, it should be recommended that
> users keep their old version of setup.exe (and not just overwrite
> it with the newest setup.exe) because the new version may not be able
> to install packages designed for the old version, because it's a
> work-in-progress.

The package format has never broken compatibility yet, and I don't think it
ever will.

> --08:06:16--
>  4 Last-Modified: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 00:50:47 GMT
> Hmm, nobody is working on it after all?

Oh, lots of work has been going on, but all in CVS.


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