[racket-dev] [racket] Build issues under Linux (was: Racket v5.0.1)

From: Sam Tobin-Hochstadt (samth at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Fri Aug 6 17:38:01 EDT 2010

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 7:13 AM, Nikita Zuev <nikitazu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jay McCarthy <jay.mccarthy at ...> writes:
> ...
>> > make[6]: ../../../racket/gc/../../utils/nicear: Command not found

Are we planning to release a new version of the source distribution to
fix the bugs that have been reported?  From discussion with Eli on
IRC, it seems we have the following options:

1. Update the source distribution for 5.0.1, but change nothing else.
Pros: easy to do, few opportunities for new bugs
Cons: mirror sites would be unlikely to update, especially those that
are unofficial

2. Create a new release, 5.0.2, using the 5.0.1 tag.
Pros: few opportunities for new bugs, mirror sites would update, new
tests not required
Cons: more work for release managers, have to explain need for new release

3. Create a new release right now, from the current git master
Pros: The new release has a couple new features
Cons: lots more work for everyone

4. Do nothing, wait till October.
Pros: Easy for us.
Cons: Our project looks terrible for distributing trivially broken
software that we know about for two months.

I don't think that 4 is a reasonable option - right now our project
looks unserious to anyone who downloads the source distribution.
We've already gotten multiple bug reports and I've seen people mention
this problem on IRC.  The most likely result is that people give up on
Racket and never tell us about it.

Thoughts? I'd be happy to help out in order to make this happen.
sam th
samth at ccs.neu.edu

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