[lsb-discuss] Fwd: Using BSD mtree as a simple "ISV ready" representation

Jeff Johnson n3npq at mac.com
Thu Apr 17 14:07:35 PDT 2008



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> From: Jeff Johnson <n3npq at mac.com>
> Date: April 17, 2008 5:00:07 PM EDT
> To: Randy Dunlap <rdunlap at xenotime.net>
> Subject: Re: [lsb-discuss] Using BSD mtree as a simple "ISV ready"  
> representation
>
>
> On Apr 17, 2008, at 4:40 PM, Randy Dunlap wrote:
>
>> On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 16:28:53 -0400 Jeff Johnson wrote:
>>
>>> The code is there for anyone who wishes. The ideas were implemented
>>> before
>>> linux was born. Nothing new in stat(2) and digests and archives and
>>> packaging
>>> since forever.
>>
>> Where is "there"?
>>
>
> Several places:
>
> In rpm-5.1.0 released this week. See Freshmeat.
>
> Or snapshot(s) at http://rpm5.org.
>
> There's cvs as as well.
>
> The port is in rpmio/rpmmtree.c.
>
> Meanwhile mtree(8) (modified to use XML! XML XML!) is the proposal  
> for LSB.
>
> I really don't personally care whether mtree(8) or rpm5.org code is  
> used. Any reasonably
> competent programmer could knock out a mtree(8) port in a weekend, and
> my port started from OWL linux packaging by Dmitri Levin before adding
> modern patches for mtree. Oddly, mtree has a vanishing small  
> presence in linux.
>
> The port is rather straightforward, the mtree(8) code has been  
> around for 2 decades.
>
> Ironically mtree(8) is really no different than the simple  
> directory hierarchy producing
> an XML blob as proposed by Ted T'so this week. Nothing hard abt stat 
> (2).
>
> Well there's lots that's hard abt stat(2), all standards related,  
> but that's a different matter ...
>
> 73 de Jeff

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