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Re: Bootstraping a package



On Thursday 20 March 2008, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 9:23 AM, Lubomir Kundrak <lkundrak redhat com> 
wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> >  Would anyone be angry at me if I bootstrapped a package by encapsulating
> >  a binary rpm into srpm, importing it in CVS, building, and then
> >  rebuilding against itself?
> >
> >  (The package in question is OpenJDK, which will be ready in a few days;
> >  hopefully one or two. It needs either itself or gcj 1.5.0 to build, and
> >  currently we only have gcj 1.4.2).
>
> Hmmm.. I do not know enough about standards and procedures to say if I
> would be angry. If its ok with Jesse or Mike McGrath I would say ok.
> In either case, make sure you capture the steps in a bugzilla or some
> sort of 'issue-tracker' so if we need to revisit or recreate its
> covered.

We have in the past allowed binary blobs for bootstrapping.  for instance fpc 
needed fpc to build.  So it would be ok.  you would need to document how the 
boot strapping works.  so that it could be reproduced.  Ideally with some 
marcos and documentation in the spec  so that if we add a new arch it can be 
brought up quickly.  Since i look after the buildsystem I think i can say 
that its ok.

Dennis

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