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Old 07-14-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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use unionfs to build packages?

I've just read this thread and I am wondering if unionfs might be an interesting and painless way to build packages. It would go like this:
  1. chroot into a unionfs environment
  2. install the soft as root
  3. get back to the normal environment
  4. for each file in the COW folder
    1. modified config file -> create a diff file for patch or a .new file
    2. new or changed file -> add to package
This way we don't rely on DESTDIR working 100% correctly.
What do you think?
Old 07-14-2006, 02:27 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by uselpa
This way we don't rely on DESTDIR working 100% correctly.
What do you think?
The only time I have seen DESTDIR not work is when there was a problem (assumption made) with the install script bundled into the .tgz package... and I rely on this method for mastering my live-cd.

Using unionfs would lengthen the install times a bit, and I do like the way that you can get a file listing from the package with tools bundled in every linux distro out there (ie: tar -tzf package.tgz). You can even manually install by untarring to the desired directory and running the install script in a chroot.



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