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Re: [Monotone-devel] PCRE landed

From: Richard Levitte
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] PCRE landed
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:33:02 +0200 (CEST)

In message <address@hidden> on Wed, 10 Oct 2007 09:17:03 +0200, Thomas Keller 
<address@hidden> said:

me> Zack Weinberg schrieb:
me> > $ bcp --list --scan --boost=/usr/include *.cc *.hh | grep '^boost/' | wc 
me> > 1271
me> > 
me> > Individual Boost headers (I checked format.hpp and shared_ptr.hpp)
me> > seem to expand to about 300 sub-headers a pop, with not much overlap.
me> Are there still objections against including those remaining headers in
me> the monotone source? This has two advantages:
me> 1) The trouble of users with external boost libary versions goes away
me> 2) We're in control of what boost version we're using and can remove
me> more and more of its actual dependencies from the monotone core.

The flip side of the coin is that it becomes yet one more thing for us
to maintain.  The question to ask every time we make a decision to
bundle an external source is, what happens when the current maintainer
of that source (on the monotone side) leaves?  Who will take over and
make sure it keeps on working?

There's never an easy answer to that question, and there will always
be a balance to strike between ease and pain...


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