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Re: RPM5 and YML-like Specfiles

From: Jeff Johnson <n3npq@mac.com>
Date: Sun 10 May 2009 - 21:53:42 CEST
Message-id: <BE59C014-8443-44AC-822F-22FA9DD1FF46@mac.com>

On May 10, 2009, at 3:45 PM, Eric MSP Veith wrote:

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> Jeff,
>
> thanks for your comprehensive reply.
>
> About the "mistaken" part (I should have explained myself better  
> here): I
> got the impression that a YML-like formatting of the spec files is  
> one of
> the next steps in RPM evolution. Since I pretty much like RPM, I  
> decided to
> go with that and tried to apply YML formatting rules to my spec  
> files. "Am I
> mistaken" just meant "did I get the wrong impression about the  
> direction of
> RPM spec file markup development?" :-)
>

Ah. I've wanted better than what is in *.spec files since like
forever. Any organically grown syntax without a proper
grammar eventually dies, no matter how useful or widely
deployed. Spec files started dying a long long time ago ...

Note that the value of rpmbuild (and *.spec files) is
in reliable build recipes. And since all package build recipes
are in *.spec syntax, the old format/syntax will remain with RPM likely
forever, as quirky and "de facto" as spec files have always been.

But there's no reason whatsoever why conversions to alternative
format/syntax cannot be attempted.

73 de Jeff
Received on Sun May 10 21:54:22 2009
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