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From Octavian Damiean <mainer...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: CouchDB pre-built packages
Date Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:39:33 GMT
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Not to forget about the available Erlang versions in different
distributions. This way we could also make sure that all the necessary
packages in all necessary versions are available too.

On 2012-09-11 18:13, Wendall Cada wrote:
> On 09/11/2012 07:53 AM, Jason King wrote:
>> If you're going to go to this effort, why not go all the way and
>> maintain packages in the official repos of the distros?
> This is a much more difficult proposition than proposed. Most 
> distributions have new developer guidelines that must be followed.
> This can take a considerable amount of work, and often requires a
> sponsor. To be trusted with the ability to push signed packages is
> yet another level of trust that must be established. Most of the
> distros already have package maintainers. These packages are rarely
> kept current, and do not correlate with upstream releases. Even
> when they are updated, they are typically only built for the latest
> "testing" branch and don't help any real users.
> 
> This is a complex issue. Establishing good relationships with 
> distribution package maintainers is the best approach for dealing
> with various distributions.
> 
> Releasing official packages ensures that the latest stable releases
> are available regardless of distribution politics and release
> schedules.
> 
> Wendall
>> On Sep 11, 2012 1:38 AM, "Octavian Damiean" <mainerror@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Hello,
>>> 
>>> I've had a quick chat about pre-built packages on IRC a few
>>> days ago. wendal and me agreed that it would be nice to have
>>> pre-build binaries for Linux too.
>>> 
>>> The basic idea was to have something similar to the Nginx
>>> guys[1]. A download/install page with direct links to Windows
>>> and OS X binaries and instructions on how to add an official
>>> CouchDB repository to the respective package manager.
>>> 
>>> This would require additional infrastructure I guess however it
>>> would lower the adaption bar quite a bit since not everyone is
>>> comfortable enough to build from source.
>>> 
>>> Having such official repositories (for Debian and Red Hat)
>>> would also increase trust in the pre-build binaries.
>>> 
>>> If this requires someone to actively manage the
>>> packages/repositories then I would volunteer.
>>> 
>>> Any thoughts?
>>> 
>>> Cheers, Octavian Damiean
>>> 
>>> [1]: http://wiki.nginx.org/Install
>>> 
> 
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