Subject: Re: make release
To: Simon Burge <email@example.com>
From: Curt Sampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/02/1999 16:29:54
On Tue, 27 Apr 1999, Simon Burge wrote:
> On the pmax, I can type
> "make release" and come back around 13 hours later with a directory in
> release(7) format including installation media. Sure it's not perfect
> (checkflist and the INSTALL notes for example), but it beats doing it by
> hand any day.
Right. This was exactly why I implemented that chunk of it; I wanted
to let some of my machines run a few hours longer when building a
snapshot before I had to step in and do more manual stuff.
A lot of the stuff that's missing is actually MD stuff, not MI now.
So that's a lot more work to do, and has to be spread out among
> Those of us with machines where one can type "make build", grab a
> coffee, and then piece together a snapshot can probably afford to
> do something different :-)
In fact, I would have gone insane trying to program `make release'
if I'd not been doing it on such a machine. :-) (At the time a
`make release' took an hour and a quarter on it starting from
scratch--that was pre-egcs, though.)
For those who want to keep hacking at the release target to add
more stuff, feel free! I don't intend to do any more work on this
particular item; I want to look at ways of doing some more drastic
fixes to the build system to allow read-only source trees, multiple
simultaneous builds, and doing as much as possible as a non-root
user. That probably involves throwing out much of what we have now.
I've set follow-ups to curent-users only.
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