RFC-24: request for further comments on item 3.1
szekerest at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 31 05:01:06 EDT 2007
2007/5/31, Umberto Nicoletti <umberto.nicoletti at gmail.com>:
> in a previous thread (Subj: [RFC-24] USE_MAPSCRIPT configure flag ) I
> attached a patch to let you preview the implementation of item 3.1 (in
> particular the USE_MAPSCRIPT flag) before I actually committed it (I
> am attaching same patch to this mail again).
> Tamas suggested that we drop the need for USE_MAPSCRIPT and let
> refcounting always enabled on the following motivations:
> 1) with the advent of use_mapscript the compilation process will be
> different if the user needs to build mapscript rather than the cgi.
> While this should not be a big deal for individuals it might place
> some extra burden on those maintaining binary distros like ms4w or
> 2) having refcounting enabled does not harm the cgi which should only
> experience a tini tiny (if any at all) performance drop because of the
> extra if and ++
> 3) we can always opt to introduce USE_MAPSCRIPT later
> 4) it simplifies the build process maintaining exactly like it's been until now
> 5) it simplifies the developer's life because of one less define to mantain
> I must say that after some reconsideration I think the USE_MAPSCRIPT
> is probably unnecessary, unless we can prove that the CGI is indeed
> slower when refcounting is in place, so I am voting +1 on the removal
> of USE_MAPSCRIPT.
> Note: the patch contains other useful stuff that I'll commit anyway
> very soon because it improves python/perl/ruby build process.
> Tamas: please fill the gaps if I forgot something...
This explanation was fairly exhaustive so I could mention additionally
only the buildbot configuration pains having a new mapscript specific
switch to handle, but it's not too substantial itself.
I add +1 to this conception. I think at this point we don't require to
have an escape path to 'revert RFC-24' in some cases. If the
implementation is correct it should not affect the other parties too
How can we go towards the SWIG interface related changes. Is the core
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