Many of you will have already seen this, on the MinGW-users list. I do
believe that this is the more appropriate forum for continued discussion of
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Subject: RE: [Mingw-users] Distribution (was: about checksums for files)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 16:03:03 +0000
From: Keith MARSHALL <keith.marshall@...>
Julien Lecomte wrote, quoting me:
>> Joe Vender wrote:
>>> For file integrity verification, where can I get, the checksums,
>>> or if available, the pgp signatures, of the files released by the
>>> MinGW project?
>> AFAIK, we don't routinely publish them. I don't know of
>> anyone having asked before, and possibly the majority of
>> Windows users don't really care.
> I've never seen a Windows user care about a checksum. And as to
> publishing them, they would certainly clutter up a lot more the
> distribution page on Sourceforge.net.
We could add them to the file releases, but mark them as `hidden'.
That way, they would not clutter up the SF project files table, but
they would be available via FTP, from the download mirrors.
> I'd like to bring back to life the issue of a little cleaning up
> of the distribution page. Do we still need to show the mingw-runtime
> version 2.4 till 3.5? W32api 2.2 to 3.2? When a version is pretty
> stable; maybe we can simply remove some "Previous" version of it
> (if it was current), or the "Snapshot" version (and move it to
> "Current"; i.e. MSYS 1.0.11 should now be current AFAIK)
I think we should move this discussion to `MinGW-dvlpr'. The decision
to promote from `Snapshot', `Proposed' or from `Candidate' to `Current'
should rightly be taken by the developer team, as a whole, IMHO.
A `MinGW-user' community opinion on how many historic releases to leave
visible in `Previous' would be valuable, however. (Do note that the
historic files would always remain available on the download servers;
we would merely mark them as `hidden', so that they would not appear in
the project files list on the SF website).