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Next Release: Perl Bindings Fixed for Win32?

From: Mark Watts <mwatts3_at_stny.rr.com>
Date: 2004-04-09 20:00:30 CEST

I would like to respectfully ask the Subversion developers consider fixing
whatever prevents the Perl bindings from being build on Win32 platforms for
the next release?

SVK offers a huge amount of functionality that users are requesting. Over
the last several days I have seen several different users present situations
that can be addressed by using SVK. John Peacock has answered a number of
those emails and directed the users to SVK as a solution. I also know that
my work environment would be made easier if the merge and distributed
capabilities of SVK were available on the Windows platforms.

Now, I know that some of the features that SVK implements are intended to be
implemented in Subversion itself eventually. However, the emails and
discussions doing the planning for that release have not included any
mention (unless I missed it, which is possible) of the smart merge and
distributed capabilities. And I understand that, these are major features
that will take some time to design and implement.

Given that it will be some time, perhaps years, before Subversion will be
able to provide some of these features itself and that some of these
features are already available in SVK I would like to be able to use SVK.
However, I can't because the Perl bindings don't compile on Windows.

I have asked on the SVK mailing list and one of the developers graciously
reported that he spent about 6 hours trying to get them working. And he
also indicated that he was one of about 3 people who had tried to get them
working. Which begs the question: What about the Perl bindings is it that
causes them to work just fine on Linux and are so totally broken on Windows.

Please understand: I realize I am not a SVN developer, just a user, and that
as such I have very little input into what the priorities are. I just think
that the feature set available in SVK is so compelling that not having them
available on Windows is a big deal.

I suspect that there are other Windows Subversion users out there that would
also find a huge benefit in using SVK.


-Mark Watts

PS: I don't have a choice about using the Windows platform. My customers
use it and therefore so must I.

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