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Building against old libraries [was Re: build problems]

From: John Darrington
Subject: Building against old libraries [was Re: build problems]
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 06:26:49 +0800
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On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 10:29:25AM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     Anyone object in principle to dropping the gettext requirement
     back to 0.16.1, or to temporarily dropping the GTK+ requirement
     back to 2.8?  John, I think you probably have the strongest
     feelings about this, so please let us know.  (I have not looked
     at Ed's patch yet, so I'm not asking for comments on how he tried
     to do these things, only on the proposal to do so somehow.)

How about we do this:

By default, the dependency requirements stay as they are.  But we add
a switch to ./configure; let's call it --allow-old-deps which turns
off, or relaxes the dependency checking.  And we add a Caveat Emptor
entry to the release notes.

This way, I think the necessary changes to etc will be
minimal, and a lot easier to maintain.


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