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Re: [DotGNU]Portable.NET 0.5.4 released

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Portable.NET 0.5.4 released
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 00:55:06 +0200 (CEST)

Rhys Weatherley <address@hidden> wrote:

> > Experience shows that there is a high per-user probability of silently
> > giving up instead of asking for help.
> If I put a notice on my Web site (once the patch is available), will that 
> help?

That's definately a good idea (even though the per-user probability of
not reading is still pretty high).

> > I suggest that the pnetC installation procedure checks whether the
> > installed pnet version has the fix, and if not, tell the user where
> > they can get a snapshot.
> This isn't possible: pnetC won't build, let alone install, at the moment.  

So the configure script would be the natural place to put the check.

> Besides, the bug is in pnet, not pnetC.

Yes... however if it affects only users of the C compiler feature of
cscc, I think that quickly putting out a new version of pnetC with the
added configure check would be a pretty foolproof method of informing
them that they need to get a pnet snapshot.  (If pnet _seems_ to work
fine, but pnetC fails to build, people will go looking for a bugfix
version of pnetC, so the most foolproof way to communicate to them
would be to put out a new pnetC version, I think.)

Greetings, Norbert.

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