April 16, 2008

Adventures in Packaging....

RPM hasn't changed much externally to the user since 1996 when it was first released. Nor has it changed much for people wanting to package up software with it. Internally however, it has changed a great deal, especially with how it discovers dependencies.

As time has gone on, RPM has become more and more aggressive in discovering what dependencies a package has, including it's calls to GNU only features in the C library. This wouldn't be a problem if your C library was from before 2.5 if you had packages that had been build by both RPM 4.4.6 and 4.4.8, however this is not the case on AltimatOS; we use glibc 2.5.

Because of this, I get to wait on glibc to build again. This does not make me a happy panda....

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