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creating a mailinglist for packaging specific topics?


Hello together.

I think it's a good idea to create a mailinglist for packaging specific
topics. This list here is IMO not the right place for discussions on
such topics, because a lot of people have to read (or at least they
have to filter those mails into /dev/null) them and this will waste a
huge amount of time, which could be spend more useful topics.

The target of this list would be to coordinate the work of packagers of
the different distributions to reach more and (hopefully) identical
quality and to provide packages just in time with new
releases/milestones. Also to have a single point of contact for
upcoming packagers and maybe to provide similar sets of packages (for
example same naming convention, same versions and so on).

Here a few examples I want to discuss in more detail.

  * what is stability in the point of view of a distributor/packager
    (the discussion triggered yesterday on the OSDEM on the FOSDEM
    2012). I think it's necessary that we have the same point of view
    to not have a very different "stability" on different

  * is it possible (and how) to share efforts between the packaging for
    different distributions (for example I'm pretty sure that it's
    possible to create nearly the same SPECs for OpenSUSE/SLES and

  * is it useful to host all package definitions (SPECs and so on) at a
    central place (for example at Github in a project
    openstack/packages or somethink like that) so that everybody can
    commit to those definitions in an easy and defined way (using
    gerrit for reviews..)?

  * should there only be one package set for one distribution or is it
    better to have different package sets? (for example at the moment
    SUSE and we (B1) are providing packages on the OpenSUSE Build

Bye, Christian.

Christian Berendt
Linux / Unix Consultant & Developer
Mail: berendt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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