On Tue, 8 Mar 2005, Warren Togami wrote:
seth vidal wrote:
> Items for thoughts:
> 1. build system using comps.xml for chroot install definitions (base,
> build, minimal) - it would make sense and we could leverage the
> groupinstall/update/remove mechanism in yum.
I have no objection to yum groupinstall, but in my opinion none of the
current defined groups are suitable for a minimal buildroot. There have been
objections in the past to this with the opinion that the "Development" tools
group and -devel packages should be assumed to be installed in this minimum
buildroot. However this is a bad assumption because the set of -devel
packages has been arbitrary, and dependencies don't make sure that particular
tools exist in the buildroot.
For this reason none of the existing groups are suitable for the most
important goal of the minimum buildroot: reproducible binary payloads.
Minimal buildroot isn't necessary for reproducible builds, a
*consistently* populated buildroot is. You'll get a consistent environment
by dropping in Base + Devel groups with yum groupinstall even with the
Absolute bare minimum buildroot is a nice bonus in a way but by no means a
requirement for build system to be useful IMHO. Me thinks concentrating on
getting a *working build system, now* is at this point far more important
than playing "how minimal can you get"-games. Just my 5cents. :)
- Panu -