[Libreoffice] Kicking off 3rdparty packages

Enrico Weigelt weigelt at metux.de
Sat Jan 29 08:54:37 PST 2011

* Francois Tigeot <ftigeot at wolfpond.org> schrieb:

> There are all sorts of solutions:
> - using the vendor framework (if they still care/are alive)
> - installation by hand (configure / make / make install)
> - lightweight management with tools such as stow:
>   http://unmaintainable.wordpress.com/2007/01/14/package-management-using-stow/
> - using a third-party framework. Two of them come to mind:
>   - OpenPKG http://www.openpkg.org/
>   - pkgsrc  http://www.netbsd.org/docs/software/packages.html#platforms
> IMHO, there's no reason to include old versions of third-party packages in
> LibreOffice proper.

ACK, couldn't aggree more.

A few years ago (when I still did a lot of operating), I used my
own buildsystem (called Briegel, ICAC) to build micro-distros ontop
of existing systems (specially adapted to the individual target).

Lack of proper package management on certain old cruft systems
is not an legitimate reason to carry around old cruft 3rdparty
packages in application's sourcetrees ;-p

> In addition to all the included junk, I remember OpenOffice needing a
> special-purpose version of gcc to be compiled.

Yep, that was the biggest insanity I've ever seen in opensource world.
(yes, in certain commercial/inhouse environments that's not so unusual,
just having that in a current project ;-o)

> Should we go the same path again ?

Never ever, IMHO.

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