[fedora-virt] libguestfs under Debian / Ubuntu

Tim Tassonis timtas at cubic.ch
Thu Jun 11 19:11:51 UTC 2009

Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 06:09:50PM +0200, Tim Tassonis wrote:
>> Hi all
>> Just came across libguestfs and, as a qemu user, this project really 
>> sound fantastic to me.
>> However, when I tried to compile the latest tarball, I failed,  mainly 
>> because of the inavalability of febootstrap, which obviously does not 
>> exist under ubuntu, and cannot be installed due to the lack of yum under 
>> ubuntu at least.
> Even though Debian/Ubunut use APT for their package mgmt system, there
> should not be any problem installing the YUM + RPM libraries. This 
> should allow febootstrap to be built & run, and not impact your host 
> OS package mgmt

Yes, of course....but since it is mentioned that febootstrap is based on 
debootstrap, is there a technical reason for not just supporting 
debootstrap alternatively. I haven't got enough background regarding 
debootstrap/febootstrap and libguestfs to make a judgement about this 

But to require any distribution to install yum/rpm just for this library 
  seems a bit intrusive to me. Requiring a specific distro packaging 
system for a package seems a bit distribution dependant to me.


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