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Re: Precompiled Emacs binaries, where are the sources?

From: Christoph Scholtes
Subject: Re: Precompiled Emacs binaries, where are the sources?
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:10:44 -0700
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On 12/11/2011 1:03 PM, Ulrich Mueller wrote:

Where can I find the sources for the precompiled Emacs binaries in
<ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/pretest/windows/>, e.g. for the 24.0.91
pretest? The README file points to the parent directory ...

|   If you want to redistribute any of the precompiled distributions
|   of Emacs, be careful to check the implications of the GPL.  For
|   instance, if you put the emacs-23.1.91-bin-i386.tar.gz file from
|   this directory on an Internet site, you must arrange to distribute
|   the source files of the SAME version (i.e. ../emacs-23.1.91.tar.gz).

... but looks like all sources have been deleted from there, except for
the newest one (24.0.92).

The README that the ftp server shows should probably be version independent and more generic, but nevertheless this looks like an issue.

Then, if what Ulrich reported is really an issue, and according to the Legal Reminder it probably is, what about the weekly Windows snapshots we have been providing? They are created directly off of the bzr source tree and don't have an associated source tarball. Now, it would not be too hard to also create a source tarball for these snapshots and provide it with the binary distributions. For all distributions I created that have the bzr revno specified it is also possible to recreate the appropriate source tarball and upload it.

I would propose this: remove all binary builds except the last 5 and provide source tarballs for those. In the future only keep 5 versions of the binary distros on the server. This should be enough for people to be able to rollback in case there is issues with the weekly builds.

We should also create a README file for the weekly build section and show it like the pretest section of the ftp server does.



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