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[Frama-c-discuss] RE : Using an installed copy of Why?
- Subject: [Frama-c-discuss] RE : Using an installed copy of Why?
- From: Pascal.CUOQ at cea.fr (CUOQ Pascal)
- Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:04:49 +0100
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> is that it is otherwise difficult to package > Frama-C for use in Linux distributions: although it uses Why, it will > be incompatible with a Why package, and any extra > distribution-specific changes that are made to Why would also have to > be separately applied to Frama-C (that is, to the copy of Why > contained within Frama-C). Although this is only?my opinion, I wouls suggest that, from the standpoint of generalist distributions, the Frama-C package should be considered as the package that provides Why. Why? Each Frama-C release comes with what is the latest version of Why at that point*. Although a serious user of why understands the difference between the two and may need a Why feature that was added since the last Frama-C release (nowadays about every three months, and likely to evolve in a more flexible system), a serious user of Why is already likely to compile Why from sources instead of using his distribution's binary package. "Packagers like to split software into very small pieces for very sensible reasons," you may exclaim. "A Why user does not necessarily need the tens of megabytes of Frama-C overhead!". That is a good point, but if someone feels an urge to split related files into different packages, I would suggest to make the cut along a different line, with frama-c + why in one package, and frama-c-gui + why-viewer in another. This should keep that person busy enough to forget about the Why / Frama-C line for a while. Again, I should emphasize that these are only my opinions. In fact, in the case of the non-gui/gui split, it is not even my opinion that it is a good idea. Please treat this message with all the seriousness of a January 1st - 10 am one. And, let me wish a happy and fruitful new year to everyone. Pascal * I won't do it again. Promise.