Recommendation for the procedure to add platform packages
duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Thu Aug 20 09:12:44 EDT 2009
On Thu, 2009-08-20 at 08:56 +0100, Magnus Therning wrote:
> I found this
> "Compile on all operating systems and compilers that the platform targets."
> to be a little confusing. HP 2009.2.0.2 for Windows does include
> Win32 (providing System.Win32). Of course there's not much point in
> including Win32 in HP for a Unix platform. I assume the same is true
> for unix (providing System.Posix), but in the opposite direction, so
> to speak. It would be a shame to not include these two
> _platform-specific_ packages in HP.
You're right that we somehow need to allow these exceptions but without
encouraging non-portable packages in general.
> OTOH, maybe I'm not using the word "compile" in the correct sense...
> Would a platform-specific package qualify if building it on _other_
> platforms resulted in a successful build, but with empty output?
I think "build and work" would be a better expression of the intention.
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