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Re: www-master: Latest SVN or packaged version? (was: SVN finally fully enabled ...)

On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 11:27:55AM +0900, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> Until someone stands up to set up such system, we should allow makefile
> to fetch and extract unstable package to create html.  If we use some
> conditional in package's make file, it should not be too difficult to do
> so.  It is each subtree owner's decision and you can do it now.

That would possibly be fine only under the condition that it fetches the
package and copies the files into its own directory (in place of files which
would normally get built), leaving the publish rule intact. But even that is
wasteful because it has to make e.g. a mirror selection, which evades the
existing www-master scripts that do the same more consistently.
Also, we definitely don't want novel makefile rules to be directly publishing
stuff on the web site, because all sorts of strange things can happen with
that. The existing 'publish' rules are risky enough.

Anyway, I think we've spent a lot of time musing about this alternative
solution, which may give people the wrong impression. The cleanest solution
is to have the necessary tool-chain packages backported - it's a useful
thing for everyone, and we are after all a community of packagers - it's
not that hard for us to make backports :)

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