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Re: libgd-perl moving to PNG

On Mon, Dec 06, 1999 at 10:26:43AM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On Dec 05, David Huggins-Daines <dhd@eradicator.org> wrote:
>  >and GD.so, though, I will either have to make them conflict, or have them
>  >divert these files - opinions?
> Please leave around a version of the library which makes gif and can be
> trivially used instead of the PNG library or you'll break things not
> easily fixable like innreports.

(Purposefully ignoring the off-topic thread which follows...)

Yes, ditching GIF entirely is not an option, particularly since we have a
version of the GD library in Debian (libgd-gif) which does not use the nasty
LZW compression.

The only reasonable solution I can see (aside from doing nothing at all and
requiring people to compile their own PNG-using GD from CPAN - which
actually isn't very hard to do) is to incorporate this version of the GD
library into our libgd-perl package so that it can output both GIF and PNG.

I'll look into this soon, I've done a fair bit of XS hacking so it seems
feasible (and I have a feeling that the upstream author of libgd-perl is a
bit more receptive to the idea of having GIF capability than the upstream
author of libgd :)

< james>  overfiend: I am not an autobuilder, I am a human being

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