On Tue, Jan 23, 2001 at 08:36:18AM +0100, Harald Dunkel wrote: > I would like to make the suggestion to establish a 'i586' tree > of the Debian binaries for Sid. This tree should be built using the > appropriate compiler flags to benefit from the improved technology > of the last years. This is not the right way of doing things. There are near infinite combinations of compile flags, optimizations, and build-time configurations. And like you, I'm someone who actually cares. I'd like to use apt to build a kind of ports system, or in a Debian sense, a "personal autobuilder". This system would use Depends and Build-Depends to decide which packages need building, and would automate the builds using your personal optimizations and CFLAGS. However, I feel very strongly that such a system should provide a good mechanism to control how specific packages are built. For example, I want my X-Chat built without gdk-pixbuf, perl, python, or nls, but with debugging symbols (let's say). My autobuilder should let me maunually override the maintainer's default options for this pakcage, and preferably remember these settings for future revisions. This could be done by storing diffs against the standard debian/ files that contained customizations of the rules file, control file, etc.. I'm thinking about starting to construct such a system.
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