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Re: [seul-edu] ISO--autopackage for an installer?

Another source for creating packages would be a package called checkinstall.  
Look it up on Freshmeat, I don't remember the url, but it's a handy tool.  
Basically you take the source, configure it, make it, and then instead of using 
make install you run checkinstall.  That will allow you to build RPMs, DEBs, 
and Slackpacks.

As far as apt goes, building a repository is not that difficult and it's 
possible to do on a CD.  That lets you use the same tool for both RPMs and 
DEBs, I don't know about Slackware.  It's pretty distribution dependant but it 
wouldn't be that difficult to use one RPM for all distributions.
Chris Tooley

Quoting Hilaire Fernandes <hilaire@ext.cri74.org>:

> I know about synaptic which is a graphical front end for apt. It is a
> nice tool I use regulary under Debian. I never use it under RPM system
> but the web page you pointed to said it can handle RPM.
> Hilaire
> On Fri, 06 Dec 2002 08:26:15 -0500
> Doug Loss <drloss@suscom.net> wrote:
> > I know it may not look like it to the casual observer, but the 
> > ISO project is continuing to move forward.  I'd like to get some 
> > opinions from you all.
> > 
> > One of the goals of the ISO project is to be 
> > distribution-neutral.  We've taken that to mean that all the 
> > software we package should be available as RPMs, DEBs, and TGZs, 
> > so they can be installed on any distro that uses any of these 
> > systems.  I've been looking at Synaptic 
> > <http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/> as an installer that we could 
> > use for all these packages.
> > 
> > I've recently found out about autopackage 
> > <http://autopackage.org/>.  It's intended to be a distro-neutral 
> > installer with many nice features.  I wonder if it might not be 
> > the best way for us to go.
> > 
> > Here's one thing I'm not sure of.  Another goal of our project is 
> > to have our repository of educational apps be available to the 
> > distro makers to adapt and include in their distros if they 
> > choose to do so.  Would going with something like autopackage 
> > make this much more difficult or preclude it entirely?  If so, 
> > would the benefits of autopackage outweigh the costs?
> > 
> > Please take a look at both Synaptic and autopackage (and any 
> > other installers you know about that you think might be useful) 
> > and give us your thoughts.  Thanks, everyone.
> > 
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