Feature Requests item #1044401, was opened at 2004-10-11 03:50
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Category: win32
Group: None
>Status: Closed
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
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Submitted By: Paul Paradise (natacado)
Assigned to: Daniel Atallah (datallah)
Summary: binaries should have versions

Initial Comment:
[Posting on behalf of a friend w/o a SF account - the
account create system is currently broken...]

I just noticed that the binaries that come with the
Windows release of gaim have no version numbers on
them.  This is not the end of the world, but is
generally good practice.


One super added bonus of having version numbers is that
you can then take advantage of the Microsoft Windows
Error Reporting stuff that ships with Windows XP.


Every time a user crashes gaim, they are presented with
a dialog asking if they would like to report the
problem.  These reports are collected and stored by
Microsoft and can theoretically be accessed later by
requesting access to you crashes.  Information can be
found here:


You will be able to see what issues are affecting the
most people on the most recent build.  Without having
version numbers on your binaries, there is no way to
distinguish between crashes from old builds and crashes
from recent builds.  You clearly would want to focus
your energy on the ones still affecting the most recent


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Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2007-04-10 16:39

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As we are closing this tracker, please submit any feature request that is
still valid to http://developer.pidgin.im.  Thanks. 


Comment By: gw- (gw-)
Date: 2005-10-29 18:36

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Jup, this would be useful. And also the version number
should be in the main login windows and in a Readme.txt (or
Changes.txt or sth) file in the folder where you extract the
binary version.


Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2004-10-11 10:25

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plus, using microsoft is distasteful. 


Comment By: Daniel Atallah (datallah)
Date: 2004-10-11 09:41

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Gaim's debug version uses the Dr. MinGW exception handler
to create stack trace dumps that we can use to track bugs.

We probably would benefit from including the gaim version in
our binaries, i'll look into what it would take to include
that information.

I cannot speak for the dev. team, but i suspect that people
will be hesitant to use the Windows Error Reporting for a
number of reasons (and i may be misinformed about some of
these, but they are what i have been able to determine after
looking into WER previously).
- The Terms of Use are somewhat problematic for a open
source project, they require the error reports to be hosted
(for no longer than 6 months) on a secure web server that is
accessible only by regular employees.
- The Crash Dumps that are generated are of limited
usefulness to us (it may be that i just don't know how to
extract the useful information) .  I have been unable to
extract any useful debug information fro the crash dumps (
i'm not sure if it is because we are not compiling with VCC
or i'm doing something wrong).


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