Re: can support for "rpm"-based package building just be dropped?

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On Mon, 26 Nov 2007, Jan Engelhardt wrote:

> On Nov 26 2007 10:53, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> >
> >>>Only on current machines. You'd break building kernel RPMs on older
> >>>systems that don't have rpmbuild installed.
> >>
> >> Those old machines probably do not even run a distro-fabricated
> >> gcc that would compile a git head kernel.
> >
> >well, in a nutshell, the problem scenario is that it's entirely
> >possible to have a modern distro (say, fedora 8, like i'm using) on
> >which you have the latest "rpm" package installed, but not
> >"rpmbuild".
> What, modern and no rpmbuild?
> AFAIR, it had rpmbuild back to at least FC6, it's not that new this
> rpmbuild.

i didn't say it *wouldn't* have rpmbuild, i said it *might not*.  at
the moment, on my f8 system, the only package that requires the
rpm-build package is rpmdevtools, and it's entirely possible that
there's no need for *that* package.  so all i'm suggesting is that the
build procedure take into account the possibility that rpm-build is
not installed.


Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
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