[Libreoffice] Kicking off 3rdparty packages

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Mon Jan 31 16:23:43 PST 2011

On 31/01/11 00:32, Enrico Weigelt wrote:
>> Little bit trickier when putting on a ISV hat and trying to target
>> > all Linux distros
> One binpkg for all distros ?! The whole idea of this is stupid.
> Some of my customers didn't listen to me and tried that at any
> cost, they failed miserably. I haven't the slightest bit if pity ;-o
Dare I suggest you take a look at lilypond? Free Software. And that is
precisely what they ship - a single package that will install on any distro!

The system is called GUB (for Grand Universal Binary). And it's pretty
successful. I'm not sure to what extent it's lilypond-specific - I know
it's not *meant* to be, but as they are the only project I know of that
use it, there's a good chance there are a fair few lilypond-isms in it.

And lilypond is a big mix of things, it's mostly written in Scheme, but
has a lot of low-level code written in C++, used to invoke latex, uses
ghostscript, has a chunk of python or perl or some other scripting
language in there. Etc etc.

So one binary for all distros isn't that unachievable ... :-)


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