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Libtool 1.5

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Libtool 1.5
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 11:05:13 -0500 (CDT)

After seeing what has happened with Autoconf, and given the current
state of libtool, I recommend that the focus of libtool development be
to produce a libtool 1.5 as soon as possible and not spend time
producing a libtool 1.4.3.

Time spent on libtool 1.4.3 is time spent doing work which must
either be done a second time, or has already been done, for libtool

If a libtool 1.4.3 is prepared, then the next request will be for a
libtool 1.4.4, regardless of whether a libtool 1.5 is released.
Releasing a libtool 1.4.3 will encourage the same sort of behavior
which has caused so much trouble for Autoconf.  It is better to let
the 1.4 line die of its own accord than to prop it up and encourage
developers not to use 1.5.

In my experience, the 1.5 code-base is a solid product on systems
supported by 1.4.2, and provided that it is patched and proven to work
under MinGW and Darwin then 1.5 should be ready to release.

Bob Friesenhahn

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