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From: "Wu Yongwei" <adah@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: [MinGW-dvlpr] Binary Releases and MinGW
> Maybe I am stubborn but I would like to use the old tarball. Removing a
directory or changing
> something directly is easier than having to deal with an installer. It's
> straightforward to "install" MinGW.
> Wu Yongwei
I am not sure what you mean. Why does an installer make it more difficult to
remove a directory? Are you talking about deleting the whole package versus
using an uninstaller? What is an example of "changing something directly"?
For source distributions and maybe snapshots a tarball is fine, but although
the "users" of Mingw are usually programmers, having an installer makes it
more accessible to beginners and students. I don't know, but maybe if a less
experienced user were to download a tar.gz file with Mingw and unpack it
using Winzip (which is very likely), it would not work because of the CRLF
conversion and the person might just give up and use a different compiler.
On the other hand, the sources of Mingw are really only useful to more
experienced people, so why don't we package them as tar.bz2 to save
bandwidth? The "untbz2" tool on Jose's page is easier to use than 'tar', and
does the job. If it's good enough for the GCC maintainers, why not us? :)