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[TSVN] Re: A "complete" Tortoise-based distribution?

From: Simon Large <slarge_at_blazepoint.co.uk>
Date: 2004-09-25 11:39:11 CEST

"Mark Phippard" wrote
> Have you ever given any thought to providing a complete "Subversion"
> distribution as part of Tortoise. By that, I mean a single install into a
> single location that installs the command-line client. perhaps some of the
> bindings like JavaHL, as well as the Tortoise pieces? They would all be
> built with the same compiler with the same code patches so that they could
> all share the same dependencies?
> Anyone else think this would be a good idea?

Sounds good to me, although I guess most Windows users will not want the
cli, so you should still be able to download the TSVN-only package. There
are still quite a lot of us on 56K modems :-(

On a related but slightly different theme, I was looking at the distribution
file sizes of Subversion yesterday. The plain zip file is 4.4MB while the
Innosetup file which installs the exact same set of files is 2.5MB. The
reason is simply that Inno uses 7-zip compression internally (at least in
the most recent versions it does). I did a quick comparison using WinZip and
7-zip to zip up the same set of files and the results were surprising: 4.5
MB for zip and 1.8 MB for 7-zip.

It might be worth investigating using Inno setup a distribution package
rather than the msi. You also get to choose your own defaults, like
all-users/just-for-me. The down side is that the installer translations are
not always up to date, so you might be restricted to English/German for the
distribution package.


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Received on Sun Sep 26 00:59:08 2004

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