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Re: Typo fix for README-release

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Typo fix for README-release
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:47:25 +0200

Reuben Thomas wrote:
> diff --git a/top/README-release b/top/README-release
> index 69841d2..0299c82 100644
> --- a/top/README-release
> +++ b/top/README-release
> @@ -40,7 +40,7 @@ Here are most of the steps we (maintainers) follow
> when making a release.
>      # "TYPE" must be stable, beta or alpha
>      make TYPE
> -* Test the tarball.  copy it to a few odd-ball systems and ensure that
> +* Test the tarball.  Copy it to a few odd-ball systems and ensure that
>    it builds and passes all tests.
>  * While that's happening, write the release announcement that you will
> Changelog:
> 2011-08-19  Reuben Thomas  <address@hidden>
>       * top/README-release: Fix typo.

Thanks.  Pushed.

> (Is this paragraph actually necessary, though? These days, if more
> "odd-ball" systems are needed for testing, they should be added to
> nix, surely?)

IMHO, it is needed, at least for some projects.
"odd-ball" may merely mean with a less-common kernel or distro release,
a system with less-common file system types, etc.
ZFS, btrfs and ocfs2 support come to mind for coreutils, not to mention
something NFS-mounted.  For parted, s390x is important, as well as
powerpc64, which brings up endianness.  Then there are ARM variants, etc.

It would be great if nix would add a PPC-based build system.

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