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Re: Help: Installing RPM on Solaris 8

From: Eliyahu Skoczylas <EliSko@Eli-Sko.com>
Date: Thu 10 Apr 2008 - 08:10:52 CEST
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On Wed, 9 Apr 2008 16:04:48 -0500 (CDT), "Tim Mooney"
<mooney@dogbert.cc.ndsu.NoDak.edu> said:
> In regard to: Re: Help: Installing RPM on Solaris 8, Eliyahu Skoczylas
> said...:
> > Jeff Johnson wrote:
> >> On Apr 9, 2008, at 3:33 PM, Eliyahu Skoczylas wrote:
> >>> 4.4.9 would best keep us in sync with the CentOS version 4.3.3 that another 
> >>> team member has started playing with, and should be most interoperable in 
> >>> terms of of .spec files.
> >> Not true. There are already significant changes in rpm-4.4.9 that
> >> are very different than rpm-4.3.3.
> > I was under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that if the Linux team wrote 
> > .spec files that ran under 4.3.3 / Linux that they should run pretty well 
> > under 4.4.9 / Solaris.
> If you write your spec files to work with rpm 4.3.3, rpm 4.4.9 shouldn't
> have any problem with them.  Neither should 5.0.3.  It would be more of
> a problem to write your spec files for 5.0.3 and then try use them with
> 4.3.3.

So long as there is full backwards compatibility for 5.0.3 to support
.spec files written for 4.3.3, then it seems that I should commit to
building 5.0.3 for Solaris, and leave the Linux guys going along with
4.3.3 for now.  Of course, given that we have a platform split to go
with the version split, we could start putting RPM 5 macros in %ifarch
or %ifos blocks....

In the future, we're going to be adding a GUI component on top of the
RPM, and at that time it would be logical for me to upgrade the
underlying platform to talk to RPM 5 for everyone, but allow the .spec
files to keep being written against 4.3.3 until everyone has come up to
5.0 (or probably 5.1+, by then.)

> If it would help, I can try figure out all the software I had to install
> before I got rpm 4.4.9 to build.  The list is longer for Solaris 8 than
> it was for Solaris 10.  I was just operating under the assumption that
> the list was fairly well documented in 5.0.3.

Thanks for the offer, but if I'm continuing with 5.0.3, as seems to be
the consensus here, then that probably is more work for you than it
would be a help for me. :)  The documentation for RPM 5's immediate
requirements is pretty good, it's just that the chain of dependencies to
build the tools and libraries that I need for RPM is so extensive that I
need a package manager to coordinate it all! :D

I guess the one question remaining for me to explain to my boss is the
one I threw out last night before going to bed -- whether to keep
plugging along with the GNU environment or to take a step back and build
5.0.3 using strictly Sun tools and libraries.

> Tim

Thanks again,

-    Eliyahu
  Eliyahu Skoczylas    Computer Consultant
  +972 (54) 214-1505   <EliSko@Eli-Sko.com>
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Received on Thu Apr 10 08:10:53 2008
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