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From "Vadim Tkachenko" <>
Subject RE: Ant build.xml
Date Fri, 07 Apr 2000 16:17:28 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 6:54 PM

> A much better model IMHO is the RedHat model.  Every six months or so a
> complete package is built where everything was built using the
> same version
> of everything.  From this one image, you can install the binaries from the
> pieces you want and replace the others either with alternate binaries
> (RPMs) or by compiling them yourself from source.

And even cooler thing is 'rpmfind [--latest] [--sources] <package>'. Funny,
that is not that difficult to implement, and the model is already out
there - RDF.

There's an annoying flaw in the RPM distribution model, though - they
'build' the packages with RPM, but the packages themselves often use
autoconf to sense the system configuration, and as a result, if you
recompile the source RPM, you're *guaranteed* to have a different binary RPM
than RedHat. But then again, *that* one is guaranteed to work on *your* box.

> - Sam Ruby


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