Justin Lecher schrieb:
> George M. Sheldrick schrieb:
>> Is it really essential to force users to update XDS every four months,
>> especially when "No other changes were made to the binaries"?
> Perhaps some kind of override by an environmental variable would be
> beneficial. I know this procedure from other scientific software. It is
> easy to apply, but also reminds to update if possible.
> Thanks, justin
I wrote to George privately (didn't realize that it was a CCP4BB
posting) and repeat it here:
"well, the plan was to release binaries that _do_ have updates, but the
testing takes more time."
There are two reasons why XDS binaries are time-limited:
a) new binaries usually have improvements over the old ones, and
time-limited binaries give people the latest and greatest version.
b) XDS is developed by a single person (Wolfgang Kabsch), and supported
by at most two (if I count myself as one of them). In this situation,
previous versions of binaries are a support nightmare. This speaks
against the "environment variable" solution that you suggest.
How long does it take to download the tar file, unpack it and copy the
binaries over the old ones?
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