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[Axiom-developer] RE: [build Axiom] updated Windows build instructions

From: Page, Bill
Subject: [Axiom-developer] RE: [build Axiom] updated Windows build instructions
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 05:31:44 -0400

On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 5:05 AM Ralf Hemmecke wrote:
> Is there some particular reason why one needs darcs for the
> Windows build? Doesn't one have to get axiom--windows--1
> from the tla archive?
> I am confused.

We have discussed this before. The problem is that there is
no reliable version of tla for Windows. Both Mike Thomas and
I have tried several different versions and they all have
problems. As far as I have been able to determine, tla is not
being actively maintained anymore, so the prospects of a good
Windows version seems small.

We started using darcs for axiom--windows--1 because it works
reliably on both Linux and Windows. Of course we probably
also could have used CVS but at the time we were already
moving away from it.

Now we are also using SVN but (possibly because of the
SourceForge problem) I have not been able to do a complete
checkout of anything from the SVN repository to Windows.
> There is a tla archive axiom--windows--1 AND a darcs archive 
> axiom--windows--1? Unfortunately it is nowhere written that 
> they are in sync.

As noted on the BuildAxiom page they were in sync as of
March 15, 2005 but the tla archive has not been updated
since March 17, 2005, so I think it is safe to say that they
are not in sync. But they are probably not very different.
I had planned to keep it up to date by manually transferring
the contents from one archive to the other on the axiom-
developer server, but in the end I really did very little
work with Windows after we got the first working executable.

> The darcs archive doesn't even appear on
> so it is non-existing... ;-) ... only for people who want
> to run MathAction

I would be happy if you would correct this. I am not sure of
the best solution. Should we ignore the merging problem and
just call the darcs version the official sources for Windows?

> We simply have two many source archives and potential
> contributors have to ask at the axiom-developer mailing
> list which one contains the blessed sources.

Yes that is a problem. What is your suggested solution?

If someone can prove that SVN actually does work reliably on
Windows, then maybe that would be the best option?

Bill Page.

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