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digitalmars.D.bugs - [Issue 12456] New: Regression: Direct downloads are no longer available from the changelog

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           Summary: Regression: Direct downloads are no longer available
                    from the changelog
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: regression
          Priority: P2
         Component: websites
        AssignedTo: nobody puremagic.com
        ReportedBy: andrej.mitrovich gmail.com


--- Comment #0 from Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> 2014-03-24
22:50:34 CET ---
From the changelog page (http://dlang.org/changelog.html) it used to be very
easy to grab an older zipped release (e.g. to track regressions), but now all
links redirect to http://dlang.org/download.html.

From the download page there doesn't seem to be a way to find the older
versions of D.

Apparently there is also this new section of the website:
http://downloads.dlang.org/releases/

But I don't see this being linked to from anywhere. Additionally it has a
really weird layout by putting everything into yearly folders, which isn't
useful when you're just trying to find an exact version.

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Vladimir Panteleev <thecybershadow gmail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from Vladimir Panteleev <thecybershadow gmail.com> 2014-03-25
18:45:26 EET ---
Putting things into yearly folders makes no sense. If a user tells a program to
get D version X.YYY, the software now must also ask the user, "Which year was
that released in?", or use heuristics such as parsing some webpage.

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--- Comment #2 from Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> 2014-03-25
17:57:13 CET ---
Speaking of which, does anyone know if the recent changes might have broken
tools like DVM[1]? I rarely used the tool so I wouldn't know.

[1] : https://github.com/jacob-carlborg/dvm

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--- Comment #3 from Vladimir Panteleev <thecybershadow gmail.com> 2014-03-25
19:00:20 EET ---
DVM (at least 0.3.0) seems to still use the DigitalMars mirror
(ftp.digitalmars.com), which does not use the year structure. It seems to have
gotten a lot faster now, so I guess that problem is not so acute as long as
that mirror is discoverable by writers of D installers.

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