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Re: Cross compiling RPMs

To: Mike McDonald <mikemac@mikemac.com>
Subject: Re: Cross compiling RPMs
From: Ralf Baechle <ralf@oss.sgi.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 16:05:18 -0800
Cc: linux-mips@oss.sgi.com
In-reply-to: <200101281745.JAA25600@saturn.mikemac.com>; from mikemac@mikemac.com on Sun, Jan 28, 2001 at 09:45:39AM -0800
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On Sun, Jan 28, 2001 at 09:45:39AM -0800, Mike McDonald wrote:

> >>   I was thinking of what the MINIMUM set of RPMs you needed installed
> >> so you could bootstrap a system up from sources, not what's the
> >> minimum needed to recompile any arbitrary RPM.
> >
> >Really depends on what you want to do.  Many packages detect other packages
> >or features of other packages.  This builds a big evil network of
> >dependencies which make bootstrapping somewhat hard.  It's a good idea to
> >start with an as complete installation as possible.
> 
>   I want to do just the opposite. I want to start with the minimum set
> of installed binaries and build a complete binary distribution from
> its sources. (That means finding the root of the dependency graph and
> starting there, assuming there actually is one. It isn't necessarily a
> single rpm. People like to make circular dependancies!)

Rpm is a particularly sucky self dependency.  One generation of rpm
inherits certain settings from it's ancestor so bootstrapping only from
sources is a royally sucky.

  Ralf

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