next net release preliminary info

Earnie Boyd
Wed Jan 26 12:48:00 GMT 2000

--- DJ Delorie <> wrote:
> > This is good too.  I would like to see the things common to each package,
> > things like readline, intl, etc. moved to this level and removed from the
> > package for the sake of the cygwin distributions as well.  This would cut
> down
> > on the size of each package but would require managing dependencies
> > differently.
> But, the officially released packages each have different versions of
> these common things.  What then?

Well, that is one of the problems of managing dependencies.  IMO, the most
recent stable versions of these libraries should be used anyway.  Yes, the
official distributed version of a package, packages the dependency packages for
convenience.  However, the Cygwin distribution isn't the official release and
doesn't need the convenience of the packaged dependency package then Cygwin can
and should package them separately so that the most current can be used.

Also, IMO, I consider it improper to package the dependencies with the package,
but each should be made available independent of the package.  This allows, the
most correct version to be used in all cases, especially for a project like
Cygwin that packages so many separate packages.

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