Windows configure "issues"

Volker Simonis volker.simonis at
Tue May 21 19:17:35 UTC 2013

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM, Andrew Haley <aph at> wrote:

> On 05/21/2013 04:55 PM, Volker Simonis wrote:
> > I always felt that having the build instructions checked in into the
> > repository is somewhat to heavyweight.
> There are two good reasons to do this.
> Firstly, it's a free software tradition: I expect to find a README with
> build instructions in the repo.  Secondly, the build instructions will
> change over time, so of they're on a Wiki there will have to be
> multiple versions.
You're right, but the problem is that the process of updating the
instructions is much too heavyweight (getting a BugID, getting reviews,
getting a sponsor who will push the changes,..).

The other problem is that there exist so many different OS
releases/distributions and compiler versions which people may use for
building that I'm afraid the "official" README in the repo will never cover
them all. So I'd rather take a pragmatic approach of having more build
documentation in a central place in the Wiki than having a super-accurate
documentation in the repository for a system nobody can even set up today
(e.g. because the software mentioned there isn't available anymore).

I therefore like Kelly's suggestion of having a "bare bones" version in the
repository and more details and updates in the Wiki.

> Andrew.

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