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Re: Bug#950192: Please remove build dep on aboot

Hi Adrian,

Nice that someone knowledgeable stepped in to salvage aboot.
Thanks in advance !

May I ask if there is a git repository (in salsa ?) following the 
debian variation of aboot ? (and including the history as a bonus ?)

Three RC bugs are listed for src:aboot, with at least partial
solutions for two of them.

1/ This last one is #949711 about the build-dep 'sgmltool-lite' soon 
removed from the archive. 'sgmltools' from package 'sgmltool-lite' 
is run at line 7 of file doc/faq/Makefile (only ocurrence as far 
as I can see)
                    sgmltools --backend=html SRM-HOWTO.sgml
The package 'docbook-utils' is a build dependency of aboot yet
and includes docbook2html.
$ docbook2html SRM-HOWTO.sgml
succeeded for me (at least on amd64 running stretch). Does it 
make sense to patch the source of aboot accordingly ?

In a farther future, do we want to keep a source in Docbook SGML ?

2/ The current maintainer mentioned [1] that aboot needs to produce an
arch:all package (aboot-base) on arch:alpha. See bug #805988 (and #821332). 
However, it should be possible to cross-build aboot, as suggesteed by
the current maintainer [2] (at that time, I managed to cross-build aboot 
on amd64 and I booted successfully a real AlphaWorkstation 500 with it : 
see [3] and the followings. I haven't tested with current sid since). 
However, the patches should be cleaned and I never managed to find the time (sorry).

3/ And #832491 about the build dep 'sp' removed, with two patches included. 
And a ':native' annotation added to the build dep opensp is required as 
well in order to cross-build (or solve #854518).

Sorry that I have no time currently to test myself. 
I hope it will help nevertheless !

JH Chatenet

[1] : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi.bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=949711#10
[2] : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi.bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=805988#58
[3] : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi.bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=805988#78

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