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Re: Interested in Debian Bazel efforts



Hi Yun,

3.5.1 isn't really actively maintained. But you are right, we are switching to LTS release starting from 4.0.0. Bazel will keep developing at HEAD and have rolling release (eg. 5.0.0-pre.20200315). The LTS version will cherry pick important features, bug fixes, etc that are backwards compatible. 4.1.0 is currently being prepared at https://github.com/bazelbuild/bazel/issues/13099 <https://github.com/bazelbuild/bazel/issues/13099>
I see.
I think for every LTS release, we can package Bazel as a separate package, bazel-<major version number>, and bazel-bootstrap can keep track of the latest LTS version (if we want to keep it).
Good idea. Though, IMO, to maintain multiple versions, we need a bigger team. To allow coexistence, we also have to figure out a way to deal with "bazel" and other shared stuff, similar to python/python2/python3 troubles.
The next step is to package the bazel-4 package. I have a script <https://github.com/meteorcloudy/bazel/blob/debian-3.4.0-build-with-bazel/debian/build.sh>that was previously shared with Olek, which builds Bazel with Bazel without internet access. Hope it could help. I still need to look into how we can build and package java_tools so that users can use Bazel to build java projects for Debian, (sorry for the delay, Olek).

Thanks. I will take a look.


Jesse.

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