[rb-general] lzip/plzip alternatives

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Fri Apr 21 13:14:21 CEST 2017

On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 02:14:06AM +0000, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> That notwithstanding, not all distros / packaging systems have the same
> features.  (For example, FreeBSD doesn't have alternatives, and Debian
> doesn't have USE flags.)  Therefore, the buildinfo format is going to
> have to have per-distro or per-package-format extensions.  A Debian
> extension can record alternatives, a FreeBSD extension can record the
> contents of /etc/make.conf, and so forth.

I surely don't expect the .buildinfo files for various projects to record the
same data, as different projects need different data.

And then I also don't expect these different .buildinfo files to use the
same format, eg Debian uses rfc822 style, while I would find it entirely
reasonably if a project which already does everything with yaml files 
would also use yaml for their .buildinfo files.

In this sense, .buildinfo files are more of a concept to me (when see
from a global perspective), where different projects will have different 
implementations of that concept.

That said, it definitly makes sense to try to keep the number of
implementations low and to make the implementation extensible (eg Debian
and Ubuntu might use the same format but with different extensions…)

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