Posted Mar 10, 2010 16:44 UTC (Wed) by mpr22
In reply to: Downloading
Parent article: Mercurial 1.5 released
Getting the sources as a tarball: Click link in web browser. Save tarball. Unpack tarball with archiver.
Getting the sources of a VCS tool with a VCS tool: Egg, meet chicken.
Getting the sources of a general app whose VCS system isn't one I have the tool for installed on my system: Why should I install a VCS tool I'm not actually going to use for version control just so I can build this app's supposed production-quality release from source?
Slurping from VCS is fine for developers, and for users wanting to run the bleeding-edge it-compiles-on-my-machine-honest-guv versions of things, but for people wanting to install the latest production version of something that their distro doesn't have a recent package of and the authors don't package as binaries, I think "tarball" wins over "slurp from VCS" every time.
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