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Re: Building against old libraries

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Building against old libraries
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 16:04:16 -0700
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John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:

> 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.

This sounds reasonable to me.

Ed, would this be enough to make you feel happy doing development
on Debian stable?
"There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you.
 And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you.
 I told them you were the best.  Now you damn well better be."
--Orson Scott Card, _Ender's Game_

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