[maemo-users] Steve's Ranty Review #1: N800 ogg support

From: Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Date: Fri Oct 19 22:11:38 EEST 2007
On Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 04:26:07PM +0000, Steve Greenland wrote:
> According to James Sparenberg  <james at linuxrebel.org>:
> > On Thursday 18 October 2007 11:30:34 Marius Gedminas wrote:
> > > I sincerely hope Maemo Extras rejects sourceless packages.
> >
> >    I would hope that they reject binary packages period, in that like every 
> > distro I've worked with you submit a src (rpm deb tgz etc) and the distro 
> > builds from that file so that at least some assurance can be made that it's 
> > build from the correct environment.  
> Actually, Debian requires a binary upload of at least one architecture.
> Then the autobuilders build for all the other architectures.
> About once a year someone proposes source-only uploads. The argument
> against is that with a binary upload, you have at least some hope that
> the developer has installed and tested the package. With source-only
> uploads, there the temptation to make "just one little change" and
> upload without building and testing.

IIRC Ubuntu has source-only uploads.  This seems to work for them.

> Maintaining an auto-build system is non-trivial.

That it is, but I think one is necessary for a Debian-like package
installation experience (apt-get install and it Just Works(TM),
usually).  Without a build system every maintainer is burdened with the
need to have Scratchbox targets for all the existing SDK versions.

mud-builder is heading in that direction.  Last time I checked it didn't
use the Debian build tools and built packages that were slightly weird
(vim got version "70" rather than 7.0.0, and I couldn't find a way to
increment the version number when I built an updated package).  I kept
meaning to investigate it a bit more and give some feedback, but never
got around to it :(

Marius Gedminas
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