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Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 19:11:29 -0400
From: Charles Wilson <cwilson AT ece DOT gatech DOT edu>
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Subject: Re: 2. ITP: expat-1.95.3 for Cygwin
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Gerrit P. Haase wrote:

> Hallo,
> Expat is needed for the Perl module XML::Parser which is
> used widely.  Since it is not trivial to build it from
> source with the latest release I provide a prebuilt package
> for the Cgwin Perl community.

1) the docu should go into /usr/doc/expat-1.95.3/ not /usr/doc/expat/

2) you should *not* use autoupdate in your reconf-cygwin script. 
Autoupdate changes *source* files for the autotools; it is intended to 
help you -- the maintainer -- create source file mods needed so that we 
-- other users who want to build-from-soruce -- can rebuild using 
"normal" auto* tools (autoconf, aclocal, autoheader, automake, libtoolize)

e.g. take a snapshot after running autoupdate but before running the 
other tools -- that should be the patch.

2a) also, you should call reconf-cygwin as part of the "prep" stage, not 
the "conf" stage -- IMO.

3) you probably shouldn't use the --automake option with libtoolize, 
since you aren't using automake.

4) How often is the library version going to (incompatibly) change?
I note that the package version is 1.95, but the shared lib version info 
  is LIBCURRENT=2, LIBREVISION=0, LIBAGE=2 -- which means we're on the 
3rd compatible release of the initial API revision.  (thus, cygexpat-0.dll).

I ask because IF you expect an incompatible change, you might want to 
split the DLL out separately into a 'libexpat0' package.  OTOH, that's a 
PITA and if the API is very stable, it's probably unnecesssary.

All that being said, I think 'expat' is a useful addition.

> The tarballs ready for use/review/upload:
> http://koeln.convey.de/cywgin/expat/expat-1.95.3-1-src.tar.bz2
> http://koeln.convey.de/cywgin/expat/expat-1.95.3-1.tar.bz2
> http://koeln.convey.de/cywgin/expat/setup.hint

BTW: cygwin is mis-spelled, although the links above work properly WITH 
the mis-spelling.


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