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From Kevan Miller <>
Subject Re: Why no Debian package of Geronimo
Date Sat, 17 May 2008 22:24:33 GMT

On May 17, 2008, at 5:07 PM, David Jencks wrote:

> On May 17, 2008, at 4:20 PM, Jacek Laskowski wrote:
>> On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 10:36 AM, jontto <> wrote:
>>> I could not find a Debian package of Geronimo, is there any  
>>> particular
>>> reason for this or has it just not got done yet?
>> The latter is the answer I guess. Nobody took care of it yet. Would
>> you mind? Report a task in JIRA and work on it.
> I'd like to know what this involves and why this is a good idea  
> before anyone spends much time on it.  I don't think we want to  
> encourage anyone to adopt a non-standard server layout without a  
> good reason, and without this I'd expect any packaging to consist of  
> the tar.gz server distro.  Now there's the question, which one.....  
> we have about 5 now.

I don't think this is so much looking for a non-standard server  
layout, but a standard server layout in a Debian-specific package  
format with additional Debian specific meta-data. If somebody wants to  
spend time on this, they are welcome to (naturally)... However, it's  
another matter if they want to start checking in code... ;-) I'm not  
so sure that we want to become a source for linux distribution package  
formats. Seems like we could spend a fair amount of time running down  
Linux distribution specific package formats (e.g. SuSe, RedHat,  
Debian, Ubuntu, etc).

> I guess something that almost makes sense to be would be a "server  
> construction kit" consisting of a geronimo plugin repository  
> together with the framework server so that you could assemble  
> servers of your choice.  I think this is pretty different in  
> philosophy from most debian packages however.

Well we already have that in a form... A full java ee server can  
assemble servers of user's choosing. Would agree that we should  
consider methods of building up servers (or more dynamically starting  
server components). I view that as orthogonal to any linux  
distribution packaging we might do...

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