RELEASE: Mach 0.4.9 'China'

thomas at thomas at
Sun Apr 9 11:01:42 UTC 2006

mach allows you to set up clean roots from scratch for any distribution or
distribution variation supported.  Currently, this is limited to RPM-based

This clean build root can be used for making clean packages, running
jailed services, testing builds, or making disk images of clean roots.
For more information, see []
To file bugs, go to []
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mach - make a chroot - RELEASE NOTES

Announcing the release of mach 0.4.9 - China.

mach allows you to set up clean roots from scratch for any distribution or 
distribution variation supported.

This clean build root can be used to run jailed services, create disk images,
or build clean packages.

mach can currently set up roots for the following distributions:
- Fedora 4, 5      (core, updated, extras,,
                    JPackage, FreshRPMS, GStreamer)
- Fedora 1, 2, 3   (core, updated,,,
                    JPackage, FreshRPMS, GStreamer)
- Red Hat 8.0, 9   (basic, updated,,,
                    JPackage, GStreamer, FreshRPMS)
- Red Hat 7.2, 7.3 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS, JPackage)
- Red Hat 7.0, 7.1 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS)
- SuSE 8.1/8.2/9
- Connectiva
- Yellowdog Linux 3.0 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS)
- Yellowdog Linux 2.3 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS)
- Dave/Dina 0.0/oven/fridge

Read the README included in the distribution for a better overview.

        - added DOAP file (Thomas)
        - added Fedora Core 5 (Thomas)
        - fix build ordering when building multiple packages (Thomas)
        - always evaluate spec file inside the root (Thomas)
          (which may cause problems due to rpmdb incompatibilities)
          fixes yum's semi-random behaviour on x86_64 (Thomas)
        - store yum cache data per-dist, shared for flavors (Thomas)
        - clean up yum metadata for local repositories (Thomas)

mach is helpful:
- to create minimal chroot environments to jail services in
- to create clean packages for distributions
- to catch spec file mistakes, missing buildrequires, and more

mach's homepage is at
mach is hosted on SourceForge; the project page is

There is a mailing list for development and use of mach.  See

a) On a Fedora 4 Core system, install the mach rpm from
b) su - mach
c) mach setup base
d) mach chroot
   poke around a bit in the fresh root
e) exit
f) mach rebuild

If all goes well, you'll get a nice freshly built vorbis-tools package.

Now go out, experiment and bug report !

A mailing list has been set up for discussion of mach use and development.
Check for information.
The list is low-volume.
To file bugs, go to

Always state what platform you are running on, if it's a clean install or
somehow updated, how I can reproduce the bug, and output of a run of
the failed command with -d (debugging).

Contributors to releases include
- Thomas Vander Stichele
- Ville Skyttä
- Jeff Pitman
- Rudi Chiarito
- Matthias Saou

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