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question about Mac OS X support

From: John Ford <jhford@mozilla.com>
Date: Wed 21 Dec 2011 - 21:02:17 CET
Message-Id: <6AA54947-BA1D-462C-A900-A093F56CEFC0@mozilla.com>

I am working on setting up some tooling for our Mac OS X build farm.  We are using RHEL and Fedora in many parts of our installation and as a result there is lots of knowledge around rpm and yum.  Our current deployment strategy is to create Mac package (.pkg/.mpkg) files that are put into a disk image (.dmg) file.  We have a puppet resource type that understands how to mount the disk image and install the package file.  This works, but makes software removal difficult and is effectively a heavyweight tarball.

I am evaluating different technologies to better deploy our software to our slaves.  I have been browsing your site, but I have a couple questions.  If there are published answers, please feel free to point me towards me.

1) Is Mac OS X supported? Does it work?  Does it require spec file magic?

2) Does rpm5.org code play well with yum? Do I need a specific or special version of yum?

3) The production/stable/development versions links on the front page don't point to the latest version in the directory for each branch.  What is the actual development version?

4) for versions > 5.3.5 and <= 5.3.11, source is distributed as src.rpm.  Is there suggested method of building it for Darwin?  I could use rpm2cpio + cpio to extract the tarball, but I wonder if there is something better.

5) Is rpm5 still under active development?  The last code drop I see is from June, but previously there were code drops approximately monthly.

Thanks for your help!

Received on Wed Dec 21 22:05:52 2011
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