Re: Packages without source?

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Bryn M. Reeves wrote:
Bill Davidsen wrote:
Why are there packages for which there are no corresponding source? Given the number of packages which are not part of Fedora because they are not licensed in open enough fashion, I would expect that all of the packages which are available as binary are also available as source.
My latest run-in with this is xawtv, which I believe I got from
rawhide, version "xawtv.i386 3.95-8.fc9" for which I find no source.
It appears

Using "yumdownloader --source xawtv" should also retrieve the SRPM for you.

Where were you looking for it?

yum --enablerepo=*source list xawtv*

If source for updates aren't in updates-source it's why have it? I do try to use mirrors before beating on koji, but thanks for the pointer.
 > to be compiled in some "safe" configuration, with no mmx, sse, etc,
 > and is dog slow. I attempted to compile the source from the original
 > site, but that will not compile with the current FC9 or 10 gcc.

It may be worth filing a bug but there could be sound reasons why this was chosen by the maintainer. I know nothing about xawtv so I can't really comment on that.
I have no complaint with it being built to work on virtually any machine, but all my machines are P4 or better and can be build with -march=i686 at least, all the multicore have advances sse levels as well.
Bill Davidsen <[email protected]>
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