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Re: Creating a formula for Homebrew

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: Creating a formula for Homebrew
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:43:08 +0100
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Wesley Viana wrote:
> So I was wondering how to contribute by "packing" gnulib into a brew
> formula.

Packaging gnulib through a packaging system (such as Debian, pkg, BSD ports,
or brew) is, in the current state of things, not desirable.

Gnulib is a source code library [1], and, although the documentation states
that the user has the choice between using the git repo and stable releases [2],
there have not been such stable releases for 4 years. That is, everyone uses
the git repo. And we are taking QA steps to ensure a high quality of the
code in the git repo.

Packaging gnulib through a packaging system would have the effect that its
users see an older version of gnulib, without benefits - because whether
someone invokes 'git clone' or 'brew', it's a network access in any case.


[1] https://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib/manual/html_node/Brief-Overview.html
[2] https://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib/manual/html_node/Steady-Development.html

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