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Re: Recapitulate the current state of Fedora Extras and some ideas to make it better



On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 14:03 -0400, Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Monday 10 July 2006 12:00, Michael Schwendt wrote:
> > Can you shed some light on "plague vs. brew" and why Core and Extras
> > buildsys and infrastructure divert in this area?
> 
> Brew is a management layer over Mock, like Plague is.  Brew was written with a 
> package database backend in mind, and development on it started before Plague 
> work began, but we didn't get to the point of actually using it until very 
> recently.  It is interesting now that there is work being considered to add a 
> package database to Plague.

Interesting indeed.

> 
> Brew handles some things Red Hat needs for RHEL, much more strict tracking of 
> build root contents for package builds, finer grained collection inheritince, 
> collection locking (does plague do this?), an xml-rpc API to the package 
> database, etc...  Not all of these things are needed for Fedora, but some are 
> pretty nice.  There is some discussion about opensourcing Brew, the layers 
> above mock.

I believe this would be very good to do.  Having extra stuff that Fedora
doesn't really need isn't really a problem from my point of view.  If we
could get Core and Extras using the same buildsystem, it would be a Good
Thing (tm).

josh


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