Re: Experiences with compiling Debian
> I've been compiling bo/source using the script I posted some
> time ago. Some common problems:
> - no newline at end
I still consider this a dpkg problem -- patch/diff themselves don't seem
to have any problems with this. Am I right here?
> - patch file creates subdirectories
I think here we all agreed, this is a dpkg problem (Has this been
fixed in 188.8.131.52 ?)
> - having a central repository for autoconf test result might speed things
> up (I think autoconf supports this; someone should investigate)
> - source dependencies would be nice, but are not absolutely necessary
> - the build process is too verbose, it is difficult to see any warnings
> and errors in the voluminous output
Which build process do you mean? Usually any debian package build
generates _loads_ of output, but compilation stops after the first
error (default make behaviour, anyway), so all I look at is the
last bit. Or do you mean the build process that you created, to
rebuild the whole distribution?
> - idea: developers upload source only, central machine(s) build
> .debs, so that everything uses the same libs, etc
I'd love that!
> - at least: don't accept packages that don't compile (this should be
> a requirement for hamm)
I thought this was a requirement for rex etc. too. the difficulty is
checking it, and that can only be done with the idea above.
> - but: can someone provide a machine and network connection?
I could, and if we decided to go that way, I'd even buy yet another HD
just for that purpose. My only problem is my network connection,
it's a bit slow (but fast enough for a debian mirror, so it should
> I haven't got all packages from bo to compile. I'm too lazy to
> go through all failing packages, here's a list of some of them,
> with the reason for the failure listed. Some packages failed
> because I didn't have the time to install the stuff they needed.
This list is "only" 40 packages. We've got about 10 times more
than that -- how many packages do you know compiled did compile?
really 330? not too bad for a start, isn't it?
joost witteveen, firstname.lastname@example.org
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