[CentOS-devel] FYI: centos reproduceability

Les Mikesell

lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 17:44:47 UTC 2009

James Antill wrote:
>> just ot mention a few problem with 5.3:
>> - openjava was added to the distro so all packages which requires
>> java-devel now try to build with openjava in stead of gcc's java and
>> most of them fail.
>> - new updates like dbus-glib, ifd-gate, pccs etc have incompatible devel
>> packages eg. headers, but not all of the packages requires these new
>> packages was rebuild/fixed so those packages no longer build.
>> - newer gcc, toolchain etc (which included in later updates) have
>> stronger check and standard compliance but with these tools old and
>> buggy code no longer compile.
>  This is useless churn to rebuild all the packages to fix these kinds of
> build differences, why do you think RH's customers would want them to do
> that?

I thought _THE_ selling point of open source has always been that in 
case of problems the vendor can't/won't fix, you have the option to make 
the change yourself.  But if you can't rebuild their packages or even 
tell how the source relates to the shipped binary, that isn't true and 
shouldn't be represented as such.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

More information about the CentOS-devel mailing list