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Re: Hurd F1 ISO and booting

On Wed, May 02, 2001 at 10:04:33AM -0400, Russell Francis wrote:

> I am rather new to the list but, if you are thinking of new ways to
> package and distribute a shiny new Hurd system I have a suggestion.
> I used to use FreeBSD and I absolutely loved the ports collection!
> You simply change to the directory of the program you want and type
> make install.  It fetches the source, builds it and installs it.  It
> was by far the easiest system to maintain ever.  I think the Hurd
> could benefit a great deal from a system much like the BSD ports
> collection.

2 things:

1) In what way would it benefit?

2) On a working Hurd system, if you untar all of the required source
packages, and write a master autoconf file to chain to all of the
directories in the correct order.  If you're clever, you can ask them
to share a cache file which will speed up the detection process, and
chain the appropriate  --prefix, --sysdir.

IIRC, that was one of the original visions of autoconf, was
configuring the whole GNU system at once.  I think it basically turned
out that few of us wanted to do that, because I've never heard anyone
talk about it.

Jeff Bailey

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