[Vm-dev] VMMaker updating: Mantis 6828 and the future of copying files

tim Rowledge tim at rowledge.org
Tue May 27 18:33:14 UTC 2008

OK, two issues here, one shortterm, one longer term.

a) in mantis 6828 Dave Lewis proposes some changes to fix some  
64bitness issues. They look good to me and he added tests. However I'm  
not responsible for unix vms and I'm not about to commit those  
changes.  Somebody else will have to handle that and close the mantis  
report etc.

b) I'm reasonably sure that all the platforms we are interested in now  
support file links of some sort. File copying (and the vile  
FileCopyPlugin may it be cursed to the bottom of the pits of Vista)  
was only ever used because we had no linking available. Eliot will  
cheerfully (I'm sure) rabbit on for hours about how we used to handle  
things in the brouhaha source tree, where sets of files for particular  
platforms were assembled by links from the assorted subsystems, thus  
making it easy to make. Or even nmake.
It would be really nice to agree a path towards a brighter future  
where VMMaker doesn't have to copy files and worry about damned  
permissions/attributes/flavours/whatever. Thoughts please?

tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
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