next net release preliminary info

Mumit Khan khan@NanoTech.Wisc.EDU
Wed Jan 26 15:08:00 GMT 2000

On Wed, 26 Jan 2000, Earnie Boyd wrote:

> 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.

I guess I simply don't understand Earnie's point. Could someone please 
explain what this dependency issue is? 

Would libiberty an example? Or, BFD? If so, it's extremely hard to make
sure you can get by with a single version for all the packages that
depend on it (especially true of BFD). I don't see the point in putting
all that effort in.


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