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Alan Burlison
October 3, 2003 01:44
Re: Hidden dependencies?
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Nicholas Clark wrote:

>>As with every large project at this point, I think Perl should have a
>>spec file as part of the distribution. Building dependency lists
> I don't use any RPM based systems. I know many people do. More people
> use Windows than Linux. Maybe we should package perl as a PPM.

Well it would make *my* life much easier if perl shipped with a full set of 
SVR4 packaging files that excludes all the stuff I don't want, like VMS and 
Win32.  However I somehow don't think that constitutes a reasonable request. 
  I don't think expecting perl to fix some brokenness in the RPM mechanism 
is reasonable either.

> We are upstream. Spec files are what OS maintainers exist for.
> And in general they do a better job than we ever could, because they
> work daily dealing with their OS's packaging system.


> It is not a heuristic dependency checking of p5p's making that is causing
> all this grief.

ISTM that the problem is at their end.

Alan Burlison

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