[m-dev.] Mercury Compiler Ubuntu Package

Paul Bone pbone at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Tue Oct 14 10:29:56 AEDT 2008

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:25:42AM +0100, Craig Silk wrote:
> Mercury Developers
> There has been a package request on the Ubuntu bug tracker asking for
> the latest version of the Mercury Compiler to be packaged and made
> available in the Ubuntu repositories. I can see that version
> 0.11.0.rotd.20040511-5ubuntu1 is currently packaged and included in the
> Ubuntu Hardy repository and was packaged by someone whom I have not been
> able to get in contact with.
> Are you planning on updating this package? If not I don't mind doing it
> and submitting it for consideration into the Intrepid repository
> (Latest) as per the bug report/package request.

Hi Craig.

I've been working on a Debian package off and on for a number of months.
Right now I don't have the spare time to work on this, and I've failed
to put my work online where others will be able to contribute.  I hope
to resume work on this in Janurary.

Making a Debian package will provide a package for the Debian and Ubuntu
distributions, along with any other distributions that borrow packages
from Debian (is knoppix still alive?).  This is a more sensible solution
than contributing to Ubuntu.  Also, IMHO, the policies, tools and
processes are better.

What you do will probably depend on your requirements.  I'm certainly
comfortable with you forking my work, however I don't have time to put
it online at the moment.

You may be interested in createing a package for releases of the day
(ROTD) since it's been a while since we've made a stable release and
many desireable features are only in the ROTD packages.  I intend to do
this myself.

Thanks for your e-mail.

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