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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: CentOS build box.
Date Sun, 31 May 2015 16:43:10 GMT

On 05/30/2015 05:29 PM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
> On 30/05/2015 Kay Schenk wrote:
>> On 05/30/2015 01:57 PM, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
>>> Assuming AOO builds on CentOS 6, is there any reason to insist
>>> on CentOS 5?
>> There was a dissension. I did ask about the ramifications -- what
>> specifically IS the issue to moving to CetnOS 6 -- but got no reply.
> I think it was already explained by Ariel and me at the time. But in
> short, OpenOffice 4.x has CentOS 5.x (or the equivalent Red Hat 5.x) as
> a baseline distribution: in a certain sense, we commit to keeping
> sources buildable on CentOS 5 and to distributing binaries that run on
> distributions as old as CentOS 5. In order to change our baseline
> distribution we would normally need a compelling technical reason or a
> major version change (say, OpenOffice 5.x).

I understand this but from a technical standpoint, what are the show
stoppers with ver 6 vs 5? Or, put another way, what would be impacted in
AOO if this change were made today?

> Then for the buildbots we already use more modern distributions, but a
> CentOS buildbot would best be setup with CentOS 5 for the reasons
> explained above: a CentOS 5 buildbot would even allow us to build
> releases directly on it. 

Sure, in fact, this is what Juergen suggested in his resignation as
Release Manager, and for some reason, I thought (maybe?) we had agreed on:

I'm not saying this is a prerequisite for
> releasing 4.1.2, I'm simply explaining why the current situation makes
> it much more useful to have a CentOS 5 buildbot than a CentOS 6 one.
> Regards,
>   Andrea.

OK, thanks. In summary, we seem to agree that establishing buildbots for
our actual binary release candidates is more than just important, but
necessary. I do admit that maybe this wasn't clear to everyone.


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