[osgeo4w-dev] revision control the whole darn thing

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Fri Nov 9 15:50:15 PST 2012

On 12-11-09 03:34 PM, Matt Wilkie wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> On a vaguely related theme to Frank's Amazon O4W Build Instance, I would like
> to take the opportunity to throw out a blue sky idea: that some day all the
> packages or at least the recipes to build them or in revision control
> (presumably a distributed one like git or hg). It seems really silly to build a
> whole new package often weighing in at several or tens of megabytes when all
> one needs to do is fix a line in a batch file or move a .dll.
> Other than suggesting the idea though, I've no real idea how such thing could
> be setup in actual practice. It's been coming to mind often enough I figured
> I'd drop a stone down the well and see if there is any splash or echo.  ;-)


I've come to the conclusion that git is not very appropriate for versioning
binaries.  Partly this is because it seems every clone/client gets a
whole copy of the repository including all historical versions.

At least you only have to rebuild one package, not the whole distribution!

Best regards,
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