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Re: Very newbe help/pointers required about building a distribution from scratch

On Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:52:57 +0000
Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> wrote:

> >  has anyone actually done this
> Yes. Me - I was cross-building the entire chain too. It took me the
> best part of a year to get through 200 packages. i.e. SERIOUSLY
> reconsider precisely how many packages you want to rebuild and how many
> NEED to be rebuilt.

That didn't come across as I intended. Others, lots of others, have
done native builds from scratch - my emphasis was preparing a complete
cross-built distro from scratch. That is not something I recommend
anyone else tries and I'm now trying to create a way for others to do a
partial rebuild, only putting time into packages that really need to be
changed from the standard Debian package. Out of 2,000 packages, I'm
expecting to need to rebuild less than 100.

(Some idea of the packages involved can be gleaned from the Emdebian
CodeAudit wiki page [0]. Most of those do NOT need to be rebuilt,
the only ones are probably those with tags highlighted in bold.)

[0] http://wiki.debian.org/EmdebianCodeAudit


Neil Williams

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