[sf-lug] Gentoo Binary Project
justizin at vongogo.org
Fri Aug 29 17:52:01 PDT 2008
On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 9:42 AM, David Rosenstrauch <darose at darose.net> wrote:
> Asheesh Laroia wrote:
>> But phillip - have you considered switching to Ubuntu or Debian? Those
>> distributions are based around the idea of built packages, but also allow
>> you to rebuild and customize the packages if desired and still have the
>> package manager be aware of them.
> Or Arch. Same pluses as Asheesh pointed out - and arguably even easier
> to build packages for.
Sure, then to get software which isn't available or up-to-date, you
install portage-prefix, which then installs new copies of all the
stuff that Ubuntu and Debian installed for you, and they fight it out
with light sabers. Last time I emerge -u system in my prefix setup,
which I use to build one package that I don't have on Ubuntu, it took
I've actually been thinking about using Portage to generate rpm and
deb packages, for creating minidistributions, and also for making it
simpler to deploy some things I use portage-prefix for.
I find ebuilds easier to write, update, modify, etc.. than I've ever
found .spec or the dpkg directory structure.
So I'm interested in helping with this project. I think if you want
to do this, you pretty much need to select or invent a package format,
or come up with a generic wrapper or extension for portage which can
help it to feed a packaging system.
This would probably require changes to Portage, not sure how
significant, but I have some ideas.
Justin Alan Ryan
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