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Re: [Monotone-devel] Re: bundled libs

From: Markus Schiltknecht
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] Re: bundled libs
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 11:27:25 +0100
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Hello Stephen,

Stephen Leake wrote:
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.

Agreed. And how's the Visual C++ build doing?

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

Yes, from what I know, it's said to be slow.

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

Well, I'm not only talking about pcre, but also about botan, sqlite and lua. Please note that pcre, sqlite and lua all provide some windows dlls to download. I'm not sure if these are compatible or could be used. So even if there's no package manager, there are packages. So we could maybe simply distribute the monotone win32 binary together with the required dlls? Hoping no other program changes those DLLs? How does Windows do package management? How can such a thing even work?

So, maybe it's simpler for us to just bundle what we need with monotone. And if we need to do that for windows, we can as well do it on net.venge.monotone as a standard procedure and provide the bundled variant for Unixen as well.



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