[CentOS-devel] Getting CentOS up to date on SPARC

Jeff Johnson n3npq at mac.com
Mon Jun 26 11:53:04 UTC 2006

On Jun 26, 2006, at 7:37 AM, Johnny Hughes wrote:

> On Mon, 2006-06-26 at 07:28 -0400, seth vidal wrote:
>> On Mon, 2006-06-26 at 10:09 +0100, Karanbir Singh wrote:
>>> David Hrbáč wrote:
>>>> Karanbir Singh napsal(a):
>>>>> We should try and get a proper buildsystem on there, so that  
>>>>> people can
>>>>> request builds and get the built pkgs online somewhere  
>>>>> ( dev.centos.org
>>>>> would be a good choice, i think )
>>>>> Since most of the guys have local machines to test + do -devel  
>>>>> stuff on,
>>>>> a single buildbox of this nature would be great.
>>>> Well, are we going to use Mock? Last few weeks I've been playing  
>>>> with
>>>> Mock on Centos, and it works pretty fine.
>>> no. We dont / cant use Mock or any such builder for the distro. I am
>>> doing some docs + a sort of HOWTO for people to use the system  
>>> that we
>>> have in place. Will post it on the wiki and a URL here as soon as  
>>> its done.
>> Why can't mock be used?
>> -sv
> As you should well be aware :)
> There are many hidden build requirements in the FC3 / RHEL4 package  
> set.
> So, a technology like mock will not (at lease easily) properly  
> build all
> packages for that group of packages.

While there may be many missing build dependencies, the issues of  
a package, updating the build system to the latest available, and  
a build root are different.

I'm quite sure that mock can help with 1) and 2), and populating a  
build root
can be done by increasing the packages in the base system to cover  

> The upstream team is working hard to address those issues and it  
> should
> not be the case with newer distros.  They will (supposedly) properly
> call out all build requirements.
> If all the packages properly called out all their "build requires",  
> then
> using a system like mock would work (that is, using a system that
> creates a chroot containing a core set of packages and all the "build
> requires" of the package to be built).
> Currently, the CentOS build team uses a predefined build host to build
> packages.  That build host is a controlled machine that has the latest
> version of the arch in question and no other packages.

Everything installed on a single arch build server works too, and is  
easy to maintain.

73 de Jeff

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