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From Thomas Koch <tho...@koch.ro>
Subject additional source only release tarball
Date Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:53:02 GMT

I've packaged hadoop for Debian. (It's still in the upload queue for 
One common annoyance when packaging java applications for a Free Software 
distribution is the necessity to repackage the upstream tarball. The 
repackaging is necessary, because Debian may only distribute binary files 
build from source that's also available from Debian.
So we build the jar/war files ourselfes to make sure there's nothing we don't 
have the sources for.
It would take one (annoying and time consuming) step less for packagers, if 
java upstream projects would release an additional tarball without any binary 
files or third party code.
I'm asking you first, because many other projects (like zookeeper) took or 
take hadoop as an example for their build infrastructure.
For your orientation, these are the patterns that I used to filter the hadoop 
tarball: (Usable with tar --exclude)


There were different reasons why stuff needed to be filtered:
- unclear license (uming.*)
- unclear origin (images in the eclipse plugin)
- precompiled documentation / code / hadoop binaries
- pregenerated C/C++ automake files
- third party libraries (prototype.js, lib/*.jar)
If you'd be willing to release an additional tarball like this, I'd provide 
the necessary patch to your build.xml

[1] http://ftp-master.debian.org/new.html

Best regards,

Thomas Koch, http://www.koch.ro

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