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Date: 2003-12-05 (21:23)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] GODI news
On Don, 2003-12-04 at 01:41, Benjamin Geer wrote:
> Gerd Stolpmann wrote:
> > And when this works, too, you can send the contents of the godi-foo
> > directory to me, and I can integrate it into GODI.
> Thank you, this was very helpful.  One question: wouldn't it be better 
> if I could just send you a URL where the godi-foo directory can be 
> found?  GODI could download a list of those URLs from your web server, 
> and use it to download the build instructions for each package from the 
> package maintainer's web server.  That way, people could change the 
> contents of their godi-foo directories (e.g. to change their package's 
> dependencies) without having to send them to you again.

Nice idea. However, I think there are some problems. First, how do you
guarantee that the servers for the build instructions are all available?
Currently, there is only one critical dependency, namely on
ocaml-programming.de, but there could be mirrors. All other files (i.e.
the source tarballs) are already available on several file servers.
IMHO, collecting the build instructions at a central place is better
than a distributed system.

Another problem is that I want to have at least minimal control of
quality. That means that I want to ensure that a package does not do
something harmful, and that some minimum formal properties are ensured,
e.g. that the version number is increased when a new version of the
package is released. This is more work for me, but I think it is
important enough to be done.

It is already possible to get an account on my development server, such
that the maintainer can update the files himself (using the subversion

Gerd Stolpmann * Viktoriastr. 45 * 64293 Darmstadt * Germany 
gerd@gerd-stolpmann.de          http://www.gerd-stolpmann.de

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