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From: Prabhu Ramachandran (prabhu_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-02-18 22:54:01


>>>>> "Jeremy" == Jeremy Siek <jsiek_at_[hidden]> writes:

    Jeremy> Would it be possible to create our cross-platform tools in
    Jeremy> such a way that still makes it easy to create RPMs
    Jeremy> etc. for boost?

As someone noted, it is trivial to make an RPM (or a deb) if the
package builds and installs with
$ ./configure; make; make install

    Jeremy> Though boost users are a major target audience for boost
    Jeremy> build/install tools, perhaps the more important target is
    Jeremy> system administrators, linux distribution companies,
    Jeremy> etc... these are the people in charge of installing
    Jeremy> software. If we make it easy for these people to install
    Jeremy> boost, then users won't even have to install boost, it
    Jeremy> will already be there!

    Jeremy> Sure, many boost users install boost on their machine at
    Jeremy> home at are quite happy, but what about someone trying to
    Jeremy> convince their sys admin at work or at school to install
    Jeremy> boost?

Absolutely! If you folks think that Boost shouldnt have to maintain
the spec files etc. maybe someone can do this unofficially and upload
the packages to

It is not trivial to convince a company like Red Hat to package Boost.
Putting it up at rpmfind is the next best alternative. However, if we
can convince a Debian developer to take up this package it will be
easy to make sure that the next release of Debian (woody) ships with
Boost. Are there any Debian developers on this list? I have some
experience creating debs and rpms and dont mind creating the deb but
am not a debian developer.


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