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Re: Downloads page (Was: Subversion 1.3.0 Release Candidate 4 released.)

From: Paul de Vrieze <pauldv_at_gentoo.org>
Date: 2005-11-30 16:50:38 CET

On Wednesday 30 November 2005 16:25, C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> I was wondering. Would it make more sense for us to:
> * actually version control a /trunk/www/downloads/ directory
> * version control a /trunk/www/downloads/index.html file in which
> links to individual downloads and checksums and stuff lived, as
> well as a link to the project_packages.html file
> * make the left-nav "Downloads" item point to downloads/index.html.
> * elsewhere (Documents & Files area, project_pages.html page, etc.)
> point folks to .../downloads/index.html when looking for source
> releases.
> It pains me that we have all these releases under a downloads/
> subdirectory, but Location bar hackers like myself can't "go up a
> directory level" and get any useful information.
> Thoughts?

From a gentoo (read source distro) perspective, it is important that files
don't change and have their version numbers in the filename. Version
controlling a downloads directory would give the impression that it is ok
to replace released tarballs by new ones. This is extremely awkward from
a gentoo position as each package expects and checks a fixed tarball. Of
course the current case where a the released tarball is wrong can be
fixed, as what is currently is called subversion-1.3.0-rc4.tar.bz2 is

Further an index file makes sense to up.


Paul de Vrieze
Gentoo Developer
Mail: pauldv@gentoo.org
Homepage: http://www.devrieze.net

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