On 20 Jul 2013, at 15:06, Pat <pat.callahan1@gmail.com> wrote:

Eventually I'd like to have a maintainable version on each branch.

What we have in fgmeta master and fgmeta 2.10.0 is script version 1.9.4
The one on 2.8.0 is even older, 1.31.  None of these work, mostly
because of the osg svn url change and maybe other things.  Someone
would have to test to find out.

Script version 1.9.10 which is currently on next does work as is for
next and 2.8.0.  You could merge that version back to master and the
download_and_compile.sh instructions on the wiki will work again.

I can backport the -B and -V options from the new script to a 1.9.11
based on 2.10.0. This minor change would mean the existing script could
support next/master, 2.12.0, 2.10.0, 2.8.0 and maybe even 2.6.0.  

Let me know if you want me to do that.

To be honest I'm not sure.

In general, we don't touch the branches for prior releases (although of course we could). Of course the versions on master and next need to be kept up-to-date. Personally I don't see any value in encouraging people to run older versions of the sim; if people experience problems with newer versions, I'd far rather they reported that than kept using 2.6 or 2.8. There may be valid reasons to stick with a particular version for a dedicated project or similar, but for the kind of users download-and-compile is aimed at, supporting the current and previous stable releases seems sufficient to me.

(Possibly as a Mac user my opinion on this is a little distorted!)

However, download_and_compile is a little special, in that it supports multiple versions in a single file, so if you can create a compatible version with some small tweaks, then go for it, I guess. I would expect, ideally, that the version on master would build the current official release by default, and the versions on release/2.12.0 and next would build that explicit release, and next, by default respectively. Hopefully this is a one line change in the script when branching fgmeta?