[Vm-dev] vmmaker.h?

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Thu Sep 3 04:19:35 UTC 2009

On Wed, Sep 02, 2009 at 03:23:29PM -0700, Igor Stasenko wrote:
> and then you have to keep a list of versions, like:
> "3.11.3"  -> VMMaker.dtl.123
>    or -> VMMaker.dtl.345
>  and so on,
> in order to quickly find the package version and then load it and
> check it out...

If you know that your VM was built with sources generated from a version
3.11.3 level of VMMaker, then you can open your Monticello browser, look
at the version history, and see that versionString "3.11.3" was set as of
VMMaker-dtl.137, "3.11.2" was VMMaker-dtl.136, "3.11.1" was VMMaker-dtl.134,
and so on.  This is not perfect, but it is better than nothing.

> Now consider , you are resigned, and all current VM devs are resigned.
> But someone else joined and couldn't find any specs in mailing
> archives, how to translate the
> numeric version into corresponding package version..
> And from then on, the only choice he's having is to download a VMMaker
> packages one by one,
> hoping that one of then will have the same version he looking for...
> Ask yourself, do you want to be in place of such pool soul?

Well, I actually *am* such a poor soul, and I have personally been in
exactly that position. That is that reason that I try to remember to
note the VMMaker version string in the Montecello update comments whenever
it changes (look though the update history with a Monticello browser, or
look at the "News" tab of the VMMaker project on SqueakSource). That is
also the reason that I try to make updates that tie back to Mantis
entries whenever possible (even though I probably annoy people by entering
"bugs" in Mantis and then "resolving" them myself). If I get run over
by a truck today, you can take responsibility for VMMaker tomorrow and
nothing will be lost.


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