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Re: [RFC] Subversion 1.3 distribution tar slimmer?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-08-31 21:30:54 CEST

On Aug 31, 2005, at 2:12 PM, Branko Čibej wrote:
>> I'd like to break with the pre-1.0 era for the distribution
>> tarball and start shipping only the Subversion sources.
> So what do we do about the Windows source distro? There are _no_
> binary packages of APR et al. for Windows, not to mention that the
> Windows build requires APR sources.

My feeling is that it's such a tremendously complex process to build
Subversion on Windows anyway, that including apr/apr-util/neon in
the .zip isn't going to make a bit a difference. People building on
windows *already* need to fetch a whole bunch of dependencies, and
often that includes all of apache. A smaller .zip is akin to
"spitting in the ocean".

Sorry we didn't speak up earlier, but kfogel and I are both very much
+1 on slimming down the release. The early days of "everyone builds
from source" are over. Pretty much all users use binaries now.
Those who do build from source are either developers or packagers,
both of which are already plenty familiar with svn's external
dependencies. Those groups, I'm sure, are already passing complex
arguments to our ./configure.

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