pg, if providing Arc source code via a publicly accessible version control system is currently unappealing to you, would it be possible to simply version the tarball name to avoid having identically named but different files?
I find keeping a copy of each of the arc3 releases useful because then I can diff a new release against the previous release and easily see what's changed. So I imagine this would be a useful service to the community to make these older releases available so other people could do the same thing.
But this isn't work that Paul needs to do. It's easy to write a script that periodically downloads the arc3.tar, and if it has changed, increment a release number, and publish the new release somewhere where people can get to it.
I agree. It would be way better if some (distributed) version control system is used instead of unversioned tarballs.
I don't know if PG doesn't like the idea of version controlor just doesn't know how to use any. If it's the second case, then I suggest giving Mercurial a try. It's pretty simple, stable, almost as fast as git, it has good documentation and superb multiplatform support.
How to host a mercurial repository?