On Tuesday 03 March 2009 23:17:17 Rosen, Mark wrote:
> Thanks for the rude but helpful response. Appreciate it.
If my response seemed rude, I apologise; it was not intended to be so.
> Also it might be useful to actually fix the problem rather than
> yell at me!
I didn't yell at you; indeed, it was not even your posting to which I
was responding. (In response to this one, I will politely ask you to
desist from top posting in future replies, and advise you that if you
continue the practice, I will delete your posts, unread).
> The installer should detect that it's getting HTML and
> not a gzipped file and print out an intelligible error message.
The installer *does* detect that it doesn't get a valid zipped tar
file; why should it particularly care to further identify what format
it was given? If you consider the diagnostics unintelligible, then
kindly direct your complaints to the NullSoft people, who maintain
the tools used to develop the installer.
In any case, that installer is no longer actively maintained; are you
volunteering to step in, to take on that responsibility? My comments
on what I believed might be happening were based on my own recent
experience with the installer I *do* maintain, i.e. that for the
GNU/Linux hosted cross-compiler implementation, which is officially
maintained by this project.
> could also move to another less buggy repository, or work around
> sourceforge's problem.
This particular bug is a fairly recent SF innovation. Yes, their
quality of service has been declining dramatically in recent months.
Certainly, we *could* move to an alternative host; (we are already in
the process of moving our website to what we anticipate will be a
significantly more helpful and reliable hosting provider). In the
case of the software distribution services, which alternative hosting
provider should we choose? (It would need to be one offering zero
cost, to us, hosting with adequate capacity to accommodate all our
file releases, and world wide mirroring to maintain adequate
bandwidth). More pertinently, where are all the volunteers, to
assist in the migration?
As to working around the SF issue, I'm addressing it in my cross
compiler package. Anyone who would like to tackle the task for the
NSIS installer is welcome to do so; just pick up the source from CVS,
and offer appropriate patches, and, if we like what we see, we'll
likely invite you to join in the maintenance effort.
Finally, to all of you who think it is productive use of anyone's time
to repeatedly deliver exactly the same bug report, many, many times
over a period measured in just a few days, I would suggest that you
make more productive use of your own, and go read Eric Raymond's and
Rick Moen's treatise, available at either of: