[cp-patches] X/Escher peers

Casey Marshall csm at gnu.org
Thu Jun 29 22:09:59 UTC 2006


On Jun 29, 2006, at 2:35 AM, Roman Kennke wrote:

> Hi Casey,
>
>> Oh, and also, why can't we include the Escher source in external/? It
>> sounds to me like it needs to be forked anyway (especially if it's
>> going to get Xauthority handling, which it definitely needs). Is the
>> author even working on it any more?
>
> Escher is an external library, just like GTK or Qt. Only that it  
> happens
> to be programmed in Java. The original author isn't actively  
> working on
> it atm. BUT I do, and he made me co-maintainer of Escher. I already  
> did
> a couple of fixes to get the X peers working and will do a realease
> soon.
>
> I agree, having this in external/ would make things easier, but it  
> seems
> a cleaner approach to handle it like other libs that we depend on.  
> What
> do others think?
>

I'd agree that treating it like just another library is a good  
option, but it's just that I don't think Java library installation  
handling is quite as consistent as shared libraries. I mean, it's  
been a while since I've done a lot of user-level Java stuff on Linux,  
but my understanding was that each distribution still had its own  
bizarre way of installing Java libraries.

And, I'm a little concerned that few people will have Escher  
installed, or will be able to install it through their distribution,  
whereas GTK or Qt are things that a user rarely has to worry about,  
because they're a part if his system.

I mean, if there aren't any fatal issues with including Escher in  
external/, then why not do so?
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