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Re: More an autopackage

From: Harlan Stenn
Subject: Re: More an autopackage
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 16:03:47 -0500
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Are there several issues here?

The package maintainer has the package to worry about.

Another "hat" might wrap packages for installers, including templates for a
variety of sources (like RPMs, the FreeBSD ports collection, etc).

The last "hat" would take these packages, possibly build them, and then
install them according to the local paradigm.  In fact, this last "hat"
might well package (parts?) of things up one more time, for unpackaging on a 
per-user basis.  I have to do this at one site that does automated testing.

An example of this last case is apache, which gets installed in a
version-specific subdirectory and then each test user gets a small subdir in 
their home directory that contains an httpd.conf file (with a per-user port
for the webserver) and a customized start/stop script.


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