[argyllcms] Re: ArgyllCMS build system

  • From: "Guy K. Kloss" <G.Kloss@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 23:10:45 +1300

On Thu, 27 Dec 2007 7:21:43 pm Frédéric Crozat wrote:
> I've already written my opinion. I think it is a very bad idea for
> Lprof developers to package a forked copy of Argyllcms. It forces
> distributors like us to ship two copies of argyllcms and fixes from
> the "main" version have to be ported to lprof package, which is a pain
> and not allow sharing fixes from main version to the "forked" version.

Well, you're right. I'm not a fan of forking and embedding, either.

But the work that has been done by the Lprof folks could be used to trace down 
some of the changes that may be necessary to make a code base more portable. 
It's not about forking, but determining needs and trying to feed them back 
into a unified packaging process. Same as the changes that have been made 
(potentially) to the libs that have been forked to be integrated into 

I know, it's about reverse engineering here, but it's better to track down 
changes now than later. The gap resulting in the fork of the road will more 
likely increase than decrease if nobody takes care of tracking down necessary 
changes now.

No offense here, Graeme. Really appreciate your work, definitely. Just with 
the wish arising to package ArgyllCMS for various Linux distributions, it may 
be the right time to start thinking about tracking down differences between 
versions used in ArgyllCMS and Lprof. With documented changes (diffs) it 
would (I guess at least) also be easier in future so check for compatibility 
with other/newer versions, or to upgrade dependencies.

Just my 2 cents,


Guy K. Kloss
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