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Re: [PATCH] Update build instructions for the 1.0.x branch on the Win32 platform.

From: Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org>
Date: 2004-04-28 05:57:40 CEST

On Mon, Apr 26, 2004 at 04:45:20PM -0400, John Peacock wrote:
> Except that it could also be list of _maximum_ or _excluded_ requirements,
> too. There were issues with SWIG 1.3.21 I believe where .19 and .20 would
> work, but initially .21 wouldn't. It would be helpful if the INSTALL
> document reflected reality /as we know it at the time of each release/.
> This should not be considered to be a static document.

Actually SWIG 1.3.20 or newer wouldn't work for a while. This was
missed because clkao was using a pre-release version of 1.3.20 that
didn't have a last minute change they made that broke us...

The realistic problem here is we're using libraries/tools that don't
advertise compatability gurantees. Neon probably has them but I'm
unsure of what they are. SWIG well, they have no compatability

This makes it difficult to say what versions are truely required...

We can document what we *KNOW* works. Not what we think will work in
the future. We can also document what we infer might work in the

Here's an example:

Neon version 0.24.5 is recommended. Neon versions in the 0.24 line newer than
0.24.5 may work with subversion but are untested at this time.

Then if 0.24.6 comes out and we don't feel we need to increase our
minimum requirements but know that 0.24.6 work we could update the text
as follows:

Neon version 0.24.5 or 0.24.6 are recommended. Neon versions in the
0.24 line newer than 0.24.6 may work with subversion but are untested at
this time.

I think we should be frank and honest with our users. We simply can't
tell them what future releases of other software that we depend upon
will or will not work.

Ben Reser <ben@reser.org>
"Conscience is the inner voice which warns us somebody may be looking."
- H.L. Mencken
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