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

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Aug 23 06:09:44 UTC 2007

On 08/22/2007 04:40 PM, David Brodbeck wrote:
> 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.

That may, in fact, be the perception, but is not true in reality.  In
the case of the 0.20 tarball, there are a /lot/ of fairly major bugs in
it; whereas the 0.20-fixes branch from only about one week after the
0.20 release has all of the "showstoppers" fixed.


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