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Re: Can you release a smaller subversion package?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-03-30 05:47:28 CEST

On Mar 26, 2005, at 8:39 AM, Gioele Barabucci wrote:
>
> A basic package would be just 3MB in size, cost nothing to you, and be
> a big
> win for everybody with a limited bandwidth (read 56K).

The tradeoff, though, is that users downloading a 3MB package would
have to "know" to download apr, apr-util, and neon separately... or to
make sure they're already installed via other means (through an apache
installation, for example.) How would we make sure they knew these
things?

I would expect a flood of new questions: "which tarball should I get?
the big or the small one?" Or even worse, "I tried to build the
source, and it can't find APR. Do I need that too? Where do I get it?
  Which version?"

The point of the tarball is to give a user everything he needs to
build. If you need only 'pure' svn source, and are willing to grab all
the dependencies separately, then why grab a tarball at all? Why not
just checkout the release tag?

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