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The far past of GCC
- From: "Eric S. Raymond" <esr at thyrsus dot com>
- To: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2019 03:53:10 -0500 (EST)
- Subject: The far past of GCC
In moving the history of a project old enough to have used
more than one version-control system, I think it's good practice
to mark the strata. I'm even interested in pinning down the
RCS-to-CVS cutover, if there's enough evidence to establish that.
I've added an issue to the tracker about this:
If you have knowledge of the relevant dates or SVN revisions, please
leave a comment on the issue.
I'm making this a public request becauause there was talk of gluing
very old, pre-CVS tarballs to the history. Reposurgeon has primitives
to do this gracefully because one of my projects, INTERCAL, was old
enough to have pre-CVS tarballs and I felt there was value in preserving
that ancient history.
I think there is rather more value in preserving GCC's ancient history!
If nothing else, there are very few data sets on codebase growth with
as long a timespan.
Therefore, if you know where I can retrieve pre-CVS tarballs of GCC,
please leave the URLs in a comment on that issue thread. I know about
the official GCC download page; the oldest tarball on it is evidently
from 1997, and I assume that is well after the project was CVSed. I'm
looking for older sources.
<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions,
that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when
wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little
rebellion now and then. -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, 1787