[csw-maintainers] Evaluating Gentoo Prefix

Maciej (Matchek) Bliziński maciej at opencsw.org
Wed Sep 18 12:29:19 CEST 2013

At the camp, we've discussed building our packages into a different prefix.
We want to allow people to build, from scratch, their own sets of packages.

There's a number of challenges to get it done. The string /opt/csw and the
"CSW" package prefix is encoded in many, many places across GAR code,
checkpkg code and build recipes (including patches).

There is a number of things that GAR does: downloading sources, running the
compilation (multiple times for different modulations), then merging the
result into a single image and creating a package. Maybe some of these
parts can be replaced with a different piece of code. For example, the
Gentoo project maintains a set of build recipes with patches that build
fine on Solaris. What they don't have is modulations and SVR4 package
building. If we start working on a custom-prefix build, it makes sense to
evaluate this option. If it works out, it'll save us a lot of time.

Has anyone tried Gentoo Prefix on Solaris before?

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