Re: [PATCH 0/4] dropping support for older curl
- Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 23:42:12 +0200 (CEST)
- From: Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@xxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/4] dropping support for older curl
On Wed, 9 Aug 2017, Jeff King wrote:
> This is a resurrection of the thread from April:
As before, I would like to point out that people running with older cURL
are most likely not at liberty to change the system libraries.
I know that I didn't when I was working on a very expensive microscope
whose only certified control computer ran a very old version of CentOS,
and I really needed to install Git on it.
In such a case, it is often preferable to be able to build against an old
cURL -- even if some of the fancier features might be broken, and even if
some minor compile errors need to be fixed.
I know I was happy to compile Git against an ancient cURL back then.
Just so you understand where I come from when I would like to caution
against dropping support for older cURL unless it *really* adds an
*enormous* amount of maintenance burden.
I mean, if we even go out of our way to support the completely outdated
and obsolete .git/branches/ for what is likely a single user, it may not
be the worst to keep those couple of #ifdef guards to keep at least
nominal support for older cURLs?