Managing required packages in nALFS

Vassili Dzuba vassilidzuba at
Thu Oct 3 14:05:28 PDT 2002

On Thu, 3 Oct 2002 12:56:45 +0000 (UTC)
jamie_bennett at (Jamie Bennett) wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Neven Has [mailto:haski at sezampro.yu]
> > Sent: 03 October 2002 13:50
> > To: alfs-discuss at
> > Subject: Re: Managing required packages in nALFS
> >
> > > Recently, i have been occupied mostly with writing a BLFS profile (it
> > > contains about 100 packages now).
> > 
> > That sounds nice. :) We desperately need a single "profile archive"
> > somewhere. There are a few sites where people have their own profiles,
> > but it's all scattered around and not organized well.
> > 
>   A central repository for profiles is definitely needed. I have duplicated
> other peoples work just because their profiles have been hard to find so
> this
> is a great idea.
>   A BLFS profile would have to deviate from the book as compiling packages
> in the books order would not work (dependencies).
> Keep up the good work.
> > Neven
> > 
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I fully agree with the need to have a central repository for the profiles,
but it would be more usefull if everybody used compatible DTDs...

Concerning the order of the packages in the BLFS profile, I think we can have 
two profiles :
- a profile following the BLFS book (like the current one) that could be used
  to interactively build a few packages
- a profile following an order compatible with the dependencies to compile 
  of large subset of the BLFS. As i assume nobody will build a complete BLFS
  (except for test purposes), the users will need to select the packages they
  wish to build.

Of course, these two profiles will differ only in the top-level file.

I think that we could wait until the official release of the BLFS 1.0 before writing 
the second but of course if somebody fell it is a suitable itch to scratch...

Vassili Dzuba
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