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Re: Error with transform_sql.sh rule

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:35:43 -0500

[Hyrum K. Wright]
> Yes, this is a bug in the build / distribution process. In 1.7 and beyond,
> we pretransform the sql files, since they aren't platform-dependent, but
> those bits have yet to be backported to 1.6.x.

I'd rather see us go in the opposite direction: "output is not
platform-dependent" is not, IMO, a sufficient reason to ship "compiled"
code in source tarballs. A better reason would be: requires tools that
end-users shouldn't be required to install. - Like autoconf, or Python
2.6. When a compile / transform process does not add any build-time
requirements, it should be done as part of the regular build.

Partly this is for transparency: the less "non-source" the downstream
users have to trust our Release Manager to generate correctly from the
same source that is shipped, the better. (Of course, an automated
release rolling process helps a lot with this.)

-- 
Peter Samuelson | org-tld!p12n!peter | http://p12n.org/
Received on 2010-04-28 17:36:00 CEST

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