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Re: [Monotone-devel] Re: bundled libs

From: Stephen Leake
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] Re: bundled libs
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 04:12:07 -0500
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Markus Schiltknecht <address@hidden> writes:

> Agreed, for a new user it's a bigger hurdle, if he has to install
> other libraries first. However, most package systems cover that pretty
> automatically. And reducing the build time by not requiring to build
> every library for static inclusion is also great, IMO.

Windows MinGW is an important platform (because of the number of
users), and it has essentially no distribution package manager (just a
SourceForge site), and no pcre package at the moment.

On the other hand, Windows Cygwin is easy to use. On the gripping
hand, some people just hate Windows Cygwin.

> One can also argue, that if a distribution doesn't ship a library we
> need, then it would help monotone if we didn't require it externally.
> But not shipping the library is a deficiency of the distribution, not
> one of monotone. So why not fix it right there?

I'm not clear what it would take to contribute a MinGW pcre package,
but that does seem like the right approach.

-- Stephe

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