[m-dev.] Re: [m-rev.] diff: ROTD RPM support

Tyson Dowd trd at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Thu Oct 17 12:27:16 AEST 2002

On 17-Oct-2002, Ralph Becket <rafe at cs.mu.OZ.AU> wrote:
> Fergus Henderson, Thursday, 17 October 2002:
> > Estimated hours taken: 0.75
> > Branches: main
> > 
> > A first step towards building RPM distributions for ROTD releases.
> Good stuff.  Given that we're largely a Debian outfit, I guess we should
> release .debs too, when this is working.  Can this be done just using
> alien or is there more involved?  One of you Deb-heads out there must
> know.

It's kind of complicated, but most of the complexity lies in getting
your build system up-to-date and configured.
Managing the source file packages to make sure everything is
named properly is also a bit of pain.

I wouldn't recommend using alien as it usually doesn't work 100% if the
package has dependencies.

There are problems with interactivity in the normal build process for
.debs -- you have to sign them with a GPG key.  However, the debian
directory of the Mercury CVS repository contains most of the required
configuration, you just need to update it (with correct version
information) and build it.

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