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Re: Update CoreUtils

On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:56:41PM -0400, David Conrad wrote:
>On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 09:59:03AM -0500, Steven Penny wrote:
>>> . . .
>> Funny how you're saying "We" as if you are actually contributing
>> anything other than criticism.
>I started a thread, at one point, to ask about a newer version of git.
>I offered to try to create a build, if it would help, even though
>while I have over a decade of experience in the software industry I
>have no experience as a Cygwin package maintainer. I also found that
>Steven Penny had offered, six months or a year before my thread, to
>build it. Adam Dinwoodie stepped up and offered to take over as
>maintainer. He got a build out in short order, but there was a glitch
>in either the cygwin dll or in openssl, I forget which, that caused
>long-running git clones to fail. Once that was fixed, everything
>seemed to be working except for something with git-cvs. I've never
>used git-cvs, and haven't used CVS since early 2009, so I didn't know
>how I could help with testing or resolving that issue. If I could
>have, I would have.
>I continued to use Adam's git build of for the next couple of
>months, but it slowly started to bother me more and more that I was
>using a beta build. I didn't want to go back to git 1.7.9 because that
>version is well over two years old now (although, admittedly, I never
>had trouble with it). So I installed the native Windows git (msysgit)
>1.9.2 from It took a bit of configuring to get it to play
>nice with Cygwin. I need git because all my company's projects are in
>git (nearly; a few stragglers are still using svn). I wish there was a
>Cygwin build that was, say, a year old or less.
>(I still have one problem, that occasionally when it runs an external
>tool, it uses its msys bash which doesn't understand SHELLOPTS=igncr,
>which I need because of some stupid \r characters in the shell scripts
>of npm from nodejs.)
>I love Cygwin. I've been a happy user for years. Cygwin bash makes
>using Windows tolerable, which makes my life better. I deeply
>appreciate everything you all do, and I know that you're volunteers. I
>have no claim on your time, or your effort. If I have to build a few
>things myself, or use another version, I can do that. But it does look
>like some people have tried to help. I'm sorry I wasn't able to be of
>more help. There's no need for a reply to this. If you read this far,
>then thank you for your time, and thank you for all you do.

The intent of this message isn't clear to me.  You've just filled us all
in on your experience trying to use git and noted that we need a git
maintainer.  I guess people who aren't aware of that are now aware.  So
the bottom line is that git's status is: missing a maintainer, hoping
for someone to pick it up.

Hopefully the subtext isn't that this is stalled because someone like
Corinna or I didn't jump in to try to fix problems with git...


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