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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Advance notice: Remove regex package on 2001-02-07

On Thu, Jan 24, 2002 at 11:42:16AM -0500, Charles Wilson wrote:
> Hmmm....this is disquieting.  Let's assume that Bob has built, on his 
> machine,  the "HandyMedicineDatabase" application which depends on 
> cygregex.dll.
> He can now no longer install HMD on a new machine, unless he carries 
> around a copy of the regex package -- or he is forced to recompile his 
> app so that it doesn't depend on cygregex.dll.

As far as I understood our licensing model, the HMD application
is either OSS or it's internally used.  Either way, Bob has the
sources handy.  I don't see a problem.

> Perhaps you can release a new regex package that contains only the DLL, 
> and not the development links.  However, this brings up the question: 
> how long to we need to keep these old DLLs around to support (possible) 
> user-compiled packages?
> E.g. when can the libreadline4 package be removed?  No existing *cygwin* 
> package depends on it, but user-compiled stuff might...    Ditto 
> "cygregex.dll".

I'd think it's your decision for libreadline4.

libregex was always just a workaround.  Having regex functionality
in libc (libcygwin) is what most people (and packages) expect.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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