[ Please don't Cc: public replies to me. ] I wrote the enclosed script to experiment with building source packages. Use it as follows: - download (or whatever) the sources to a suitable location (everything, or some suitable subset; it is not necessary to maintain the structure of the ftp sites, as long as all the files of a source package are in the same directory) - create a directory that will hold the build area, and the .deb and .changes files - run "make-world" in that directory and give the path to the source directory - ./debs will hold the .deb and .changes files - log will hold a little information about the build (what has been built) - ignores packages whose .dsc is in directory named BAD (to make it easy to exclude packages that won't build) This is _NOT_ a working tool yet. It is an experiment, to see how well we can automate the building of binary packages from source. I'm sure others have done similar experiments already. Anyway, it is a very simple script. Some problems: - requires sudo (hardwired), does not sign anything with PGP (this was done to minimize the entering of passwords during experiments) - rebuild everything every time; does not check what has already been built (that's not quite trivial...) - I haven't actually tested the .debs I've built My experiences, with the packages in section base: - procps doesn't build; requires libtermcap.a (bug reported) - source dependencies would be nice, but not essential for my purposes (I can easily install all development tools) Something like this should make it possible to - automatically build stuff on different platforms - make sure all packages are built with the same versions of compilers and libraries - make sure we can support the claim that the main distribution is self-sufficient and that everything can be built from sources Play with it. I'm going to see how many packages I can build without trouble on a P133/32MB system with about 400 megabytes of free disk. -- Please read <http://www.iki.fi/liw/mail-to-lasu.html> before mailing me. Please don't Cc: public replies to me.
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