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From "Jim R. Wilson" <>
Subject Re: undefined reference to JS_SealObject
Date Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:59:01 GMT
Hi Jason,

Thanks for all your work on build-couchdb.  I had about given up on building
couch when I found it, and it made my life significantly simpler.

-- Jim

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 4:29 AM, Jason Smith <> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:54 AM, CGS <> wrote:
> > Hi Jason,
> >
> > First of all, good job that you thought to share from your experience and
> > put everything into a package.
> >
> > Just out of curiosity, I would like to ask you few questions if I may.
> >
> > 1. I noticed you put all the dependencies in your project (or at least
> most
> > of them). Why didn't you use wget (or git or whatever) instead to bring
> them
> > locally from the projects web pages?
> CouchDB could run anywhere. We should be able to burn a checkout onto
> a CD-ROM and install offline.
> > 2. I also noticed you used log files for some processes while for others
> > there are no such file (e.g., for icu you used config.log, but you didn't
> > add also the the compilation and installation to that log). Is there a
> > reason or just the time didn't allow you to add logs for that? I am sorry
> if
> > this question is not correct, I see that scripting language for the first
> > time (I use BASH/AWK/SED and maybe few more for scripting).
> Build CouchDB was debugged into existence. Every feature was made to
> solve some purpose at some time. I have not (intentionally) made
> anything consistent. I have not worried about architecture or best
> practices. Instead, I focus on continuous testing and confirming that
> it works on every operating system. Once CouchDB is built, you never
> run build-couchdb ever again.
> > 3. And one last thing related to the choice of scripting language. Is
> there
> > a reason you chose rake or it is just because you feel yourself "at home"
> > with it?
> Rake is an excellent domain-specific language for accomplishing stuff.
> It is nice for building software because you can mix file tasks (like
> Make) and also abstract tasks (like Ant). Rake is based on Ruby which
> is widely-available, probably second-best language (after Perl): it is
> bundled in the operating system by every Linux distribution and OS X;
> and it is very convenient to install on Solaris.
> > Don't get me wrong, my intention was never to criticize your work. I
> think
> > you did great especially that you shared it with all of us. I am just
> curios
> > because I've seen different ways to do the same job and I am trying to
> learn
> > which one is the most suitable for such a job (maybe I will follow it as
> > well because I am doing also some sys admin work).
> Totally. Sometimes I joke that build-couchdb is the worst thing I've
> ever made; however, to a large extent, it is necessarily complex and
> unaesthetic because the job it must perform is complex and
> unaesthetic.
> --
> Iris Couch

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