[Fedora-packaging] Re: No pre-built applications rule

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Sun Sep 17 16:58:59 UTC 2006

Paul Howarth wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-09-16 at 22:08 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> It's come to my attention that we don't have a "Packages must be built
>> from source, no precompiled binaries" rule in the current guidelines.  I
>> think this is an oversight as the Binary Firmware section:
>> http://www.fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines#BinaryFirmware
>> implies this for the specific case of firmware.
>> How about something like:
>> "Packages must be built from source code.  Including pre-built programs
>> or libraries is strictly forbidden.  A select few exceptions are made
>> for binary firmware.  Please see
>> http://www.fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines#BinaryFirmware
>> for details."
>> And on ReviewGuidelines:
>> "Must: The package must be built from source.  No pre-built programs or
>> libraries are acceptable."
>> Thoughts, opinions welcome.
> Might another exception be needed for the bootstrapping procedures for
> new compilers, e.g. some of the lisp/haskell compilers in Extras?

bootstrapping is kinda a separate problem.  The proposal here is that
*Packages* must be built from source, which I tend to I agree with, in
principle.  The "source" in question, can potentially include binary
bits (for bootstrapping, whatever).

-- Rex

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