[MERGE] Build zip file from 'make dist' and document this; also tweak standard announcement mail

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Mon Oct 20 23:52:01 BST 2008

On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 7:54 PM, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/10/20 Martin Pool <mbp at sourcefrog.net>:
>> It was recently requested by Eugene Wee that we build a source zip file.  They
>> are indeed easier to deal with on Microsoft Windows if you don't have cygwin
>> installed.  This changes 'make dist' to build one.
> Was that request not for a *binary* zip? (I.e., a zipfile of the
> executables that the Windows installer installs) That's certainly how
> I read the request and it's what I added a "me, too" for.
> I suspect that there are very few people who can build Bazaar who
> cannot deal with a .tar.gz file, so I'm not sure a source zip has much
> value over a source .tar.gz. On the other hand, some people (either
> through access limitations or simply preference) aren't in a position
> to use an installer for the binaries, and for them, an "unzip and go"
> binary (even if it only provided the command line tools) would be
> useful.

Yes, it was - I misunderstood the point of the request.

Martin <http://launchpad.net/~mbp/>

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