Future frameworks releases
schumacher at kde.org
Wed Jun 10 09:56:57 UTC 2015
On Tuesday 09 June 2015 16:58:43 Christian Mollekopf wrote:
> On Tuesday 09 June 2015 15:35:20 Heinz Wiesinger wrote:
> > Do note that while a typical linux distribution does ship with an
> > abundance
> > of libraries that need to be handled differently, very seldomly those are
> > maintained by the same person, while KDE Frameworks in its current
> > packaging form can be handled by one person just fine.
I think the effort to do and package the releases is the key thing here. Heinz
is very much right that you can do proper versioning and dependency tracking
when there is a dedicated maintainer per library, but for a set of 70
libraries released by the same person, this becomes very difficult from a
practical point of view.
If we would have individual dedicated maintainers for each framework then it
would be a different story, but we in fact have only very few maintainers for
the amount of frameworks we release.
> Given the right scripting that continues to be possible and if you indeed
> think timestamps is the way to go for your distribution you are perfectly
> free to do just that.
It might be possible to solve a lot of this by some tooling, but this is quite
some effort, and the effort is not only on the release side, but also on the
packaging side and with any other consumers of the libraries.
For example for Inqlude I currently have a tool, which updates the meta data
of all frameworks with each release. It only works because it can assume that
the version numbers are the same for all libraries. With different version
numbers I would have to implement some checking of available tarballs, parsing
version numbers, etc. Doable but more complex and some effort.
In general I like the idea of having proper versions in frameworks which
reflect what is actually happening in the frameworks, but unless we find a way
how to get in the extra effort to make it happen, I would be very hesitant to
argue for it.
Christian, how much of this effort are you willing to take over? Are there
others who would help with that?
Cornelius Schumacher <schumacher at kde.org>
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