Updated: gettext, gettext-devel, libintl2, libgettextpo0 -0.12.1-3 [Requires cygwin-1.5.3+]

Charles Wilson cwilson@ece.gatech.edu
Wed Sep 3 04:55:00 GMT 2003

gettext is the GNU package which provides 'national language support' 
for other programs. It includes a number of utility programs.

These should be upgraded together with the libiconv packages.  This 
release is built against the cygwin-1.5.x kernel; it will not work with 


libgettextpo0-0.12.1-3 (*)

(*) new library package -- gettext-devel now depends on it.


* Both libiconv and gettext packages were COMPLETELY reorganized
   between (libiconv: 1.8 -> 1.9.1, gettext: 0.11.5 -> 0.12.1).
* compiled against cygwin-1.5.2 kernel
* documentation moved to /usr/share/*
* tools now linked against non-public shared libraries
   cyggettextsrc-0-12-1 and cyggettextlib-0-12-1.  See NOTES, below.

Charles Wilson
gettext volunteer maintainer for cygwin

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Now that libtool doesn't relink forever, we use cyggettextlib-0-12-1.dll 
and cyggettextsrc-0-12-1.dll.  Now, the odd thing about this is, 
cyggettext*-0-12-1 are PRIVATE libraries.  Their version number will 
change with every new release, but since nobody (outside of this 
package) is allowed to use them, there's no need to worry about 
backwards compatibility and keeping old versions around and -- you would 
think -- no need to put them into their own package.

BUT.  cyggettextpo-0.dll provides the PUBLIC interface to those two 
private libraries, to which you can link via the libgettextpo.dll.a 
import library.  Thus, external packages might depend on 
cyggettextpo-0.dll (which in turn depends on cyggettextlib-X-Y-Z and 
cyggettextsrc-X-Y-Z, but they don't know that).  Thus, 
cyggettextpo-0.dll needs to be in its own package -- AND 
cyggettextsrc-X-Y-Z.dll / cyggettextlib-X-Y-Z.dll need to be with it. 
Thus, later versions of gettextpo will look like this:

   libgettextpo0 (first)
   libgettextpo0 (next, but public interface gettextpo hasn't changed)

External packages keep seeing cyggettextpo-0.dll, but behind the scenes
the private library versions keep changing.  But they MUST be
distributed together with the public lib, or the whole thing breaks.

So, all three libs go into the new libgettextpo0 package.  (And 
naturally, if the public API changes, then that package name will get 
version-bumped to libgettextpo1, etc)

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