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Re: xz branch for EL-4

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Toshio Kuratomi <a badger gmail com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 12:48:27PM -0800, David Rees wrote:
>> I see that xz is available for EL-5, but not for EL-4.  Would it be
>> possible to branch xz for EL-4 as well?
>> It would be useful to have that utility available there as well.  I
>> did try downloading the el.5 source rpm, but it has a dependency on xz
>> which keeps me from trying to build it there.
>> FWIW, the upstream source did compile OK on an EL-4 machine I have.
> Are you a Fedora packager?

Unfortunately, no, I'm not.

> I'm the EL-5 package maintainer for xz and I'd
> be happy to have you maintain it in EL-4.  I don't have any EL-4 boxes so
> I'm not too motivated to do so myself but I have absolutely no objection
> with someone else doing it.

Well, I was hoping that this branch would be next to no trouble for
you, but otherwise, I'll read the docs to see what it takes to become
a packager.  Although with just me having just a handful of machines
still running EL-4 it may be easier to just build from source although
it would give me the opportunity to package other RPMs in the

> PS: The xz source is distributed as both tar.gz and tar.xz.  We're using the
> xz compressed tarball which is why you can't build the rpm directly.  For
> bootstrapping into EL-4, you can first build a release with the tar.gz
> tarball and then build the next release with tar.xz.

Yes, I figured as much.  Thanks for the tip.  Sure I can't talk you
into branching xz for EL-4? :-)



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