[mythtv-users] New (for schedulesdirect.org) binaries for Mandriva...?

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Wed Aug 22 20:40:25 UTC 2007

On Aug 22, 2007, at 1:27 PM, Michael T. Dean wrote:

> On 08/22/2007 02:35 PM, jedi at mishnet.org wrote:
>>> Daniel Kristjansson wrote:
>>>> We will probably tag a 0.20.2 release tomorrow. Then it will take
>>>> hours to days for the various distros to update their packages.
>>>> Schedules Direct made sure to include packagers in the beta test
>>>> group.
>> Will the source tarball downloads be updated?
> Why not use the appropriate SVN branch/tag to check it out?  (Note  
> that
> I'm not saying the tarballs won't be updated--I'm just wondering why
> anyone uses them.)

I'd guess two reasons:

- Unfamiliarity with SVN.  I use it almost every day, but most people  
who don't do software development don't, so it's something new they  
have to learn.

- A desire for a stable target.  The SVN trunk branch changes  
constantly and sometimes breaks.  With a tarball you know you're  
getting something that other people are using, which leads to more  
confidence that it will actually work.  (Yeah, I know you don't have  
to download trunk.  But I don't know if there's a stable branch that  
includes SD yet, and selecting a branch adds yet another layer of  
complexity for people who aren't familiar with SVN.)

The instructions on the MythTV site admonish people planning to  
compile from SVN to join the -commits and -dev mailing lists, and  
don't provide a cookbook approach for downloading via SVN, so I  
suspect most users assume this is "experts only" territory.

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