1.7.1 release date?

Brendan Conoboy blc@redhat.com
Fri Dec 4 23:08:00 GMT 2009

Dave Korn wrote:
 > How does it know /which/ setup.ini file to download if you don't have
 > two separate versions?

I believe all Corinna meant is that if the ini filenames remain the 
same, new executables don't need to be generated to accommodate renaming 
the directories (release->release-legacy, release-2->release).

Personally, I think renaming release-2 to release is asking for months 
of "why did my X break?" type messages.  IMO, it's better to break 
updates such that people come looking for a new setup.exe than to break 
somebody's working installation.  That's why renaming setup-2.ini to 
setup.ini could be a real problem- an unwitting major upgrade.

Since you're already on the verge of a great release that will require 
some site changes, why not take full advantage?  Why not come up with a 
codename that represents all the new 1.7 functionality and use that for 
a directory name?  The OpenWRT project, for instance, is doing 
development on 'kamikaze' while 'whiterussian' is the previous major 
release milestone.  If people have ever wanted to alter how Cygwin 
development and releases work, like a stable-vs-devel system, 
implementing that as part of the rename seems like the right time to do it.

My interest?  I mirror the Cygwin repo for Red Hat's internal purposes. 
  If you do the rename I'll need to update a few scripts.  That's not a 
big deal.  As a long-time release engineer, however, the idea of the 
rename gives me pause.  It reminds me of all the "minor" changes I've 
done thinking it wouldn't be a big deal, only to find out new an 
unanticipated ways in which I had broken things.

Good luck ya'all, 1.7 is awesome.

Brendan Conoboy / Red Hat, Inc. / blc@redhat.com

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