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Re: [Chicken-users] New user; egg problems

From: Ivan Raikov
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] New user; egg problems
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 13:31:58 -0500
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    Well, I am not the maintainer for the Debian Chicken package, so I
don't know. But unless the more recent versions of Chicken depend on
libraries or library versions that are not present in Debian, it's
probably not that difficult. Actually, the real problem here would be
that the Debian release cycle takes about a year, and once a Debian
stable release comes out, the packages in it may not be upgraded,
except for security-related patches. So whatever version of Chicken
you pick, you are stuck with it for a year -- which is not at all
unreasonable from a release manager's point of view. Debian stable is
"stable" because it provides a consistent and well-tested environment,
even if it doesn't have all the bleeding edge software. That's why I
think that if developers can rely on some support for older Chicken
releases, this will contribute greatly to the usefulness of Chicken
for software in mainstream Linux distributions.


Mario Domenech Goulart <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello Ivan,
> On Thu, 07 Dec 2006 13:04:57 -0500 Ivan Raikov <address@hidden> wrote:
>>    I think even the most simple kind of Chicken/egg versioning would
>> go a long way.  For example, I can build easyffi and use it in Chicken
>> 2.3 if I simply remove the -G option. So if chicken-setup supported
>> different build commands for different versions of Chicken, this would
>> make packaging Chicken code a whole lot easier. In my case, I want to
>> provide my software as Debian packages, and so I am stuck with
>> whatever version of Chicken is available in the current Debian stable
>> release.
> Would it be difficult to make Debian a little more up-to-date
> regarding to Chicken?  2.3 is quite old.
> Or maybe we should have an "unofficial" Chicken build for Debian and
> its derivatives ([K,X]Ubuntu, Knoppix etc).  I don't know about dpkg
> packaging and compatibility among distributions .deb packages, so I
> have no idea if it's feasible, easy or even worth.
> Best wishes,
> Mario

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