[cp-patches] X/Escher peers

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org
Thu Jun 29 22:28:52 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-06-29 at 15:09 -0700, Casey Marshall wrote:
> 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?

I second that.  Putting it in external/ would be best, at least until
the distributions pick up on it and start including it in a uniform way.
Andrew :-)

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