[FGS] Status / httpd / etc

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Tue Sep 21 12:16:26 EDT 2004

Daniel Morissette wrote:
> Well, our intention was definitely not to scare you away. We're just 
> trying to solve the same complicated problem as everybody else on this 
> list. Perhaps we're pushing it a little bit further to address some 
> limitations of the inital approach but I hope that this wouldn't prevent 
> anyone from participating. If anyone leaves or should be considered a 
> trouble-maker, that should be us, not you.


I think I may be the one out-of-step.  I come with certain preconceptions
from how I built the OpenEV_FW package on linux.  Some things that I felt
were key were:
  o Build on the oldest (within reason) system you can, so it won't depend on
    some esoteric thing not well understood.
  o Build in all but the *most* standard libraries so it will work regardless
    of what the end user has installed.
  o You don't necessarily need to build in everything.  Just copy binaries
    for some stuff from the build system (like OpenGL, GTK, etc).
  o Use shared libraries for everything practical (ie. all the mapserver
  o Package things in really big chunks so there aren't alot of dependency
    things that can get out of whack.

It may well be that this doesn't scale well.  And certainly you and Guillaume
aren't the first to raise the issues of versioning, find grained packages and
dependency tracking.

Of course, it might just be that I don't play well with others. :-)

Best regards,
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