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Subject: Re: [boost] [release management] Drop .gz and .zip release packaging?
From: Paul A Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-23 09:51:26


>-----Original Message-----
>From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
>[mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Beman Dawes
>Sent: 23 October 2008 13:18
>To: Boost Developers list
>Subject: [boost] [release management] Drop .gz and .zip
>release packaging?
>Boost releases are currently packaged four ways.
>With CR/NL line endings:
> boost_1_37_0_beta1.7z 27,340,204
> 57,017,457
>With NL line endings:
> boost_1_37_0_beta1.tar.bz2 29,494,538
> boost_1_37_0_beta1.tar.gz 36,436,716
>I'd like to drop the .zip and .gz packages, starting with release
>1.38.0. The primary motivation is a personal one; as release manager I
>do a lot of FTP transfers and would like to spend less time
>waiting for the big .zip and .gz packages to upload/download.

I can quite understand your wish for this, but I am sure that there are many potential Boost users who will find this troublesome,
or impossible.

Can I suggest a compromise:

* All the beta releases will only be in your preferred .7z and bz2,
(on the grounds that potential beta testers will be able to handle these formats easily).

* final release will be issued 1st in these formats,

* later when the dust has settled on a release, .zip and .gz versions will be issued.


Paul A Bristow
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