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Mon May 2 16:54:04 EDT 2005
On Monday 02 May 2005 1:08 pm, Rykel wrote:
> Hi friends,
> I was wondering if anybody here could help me create an
> autopackage for the latest version of GnuCash?
OK, I've had a look at the autopackage website, I've got an idea of what it's
trying to do (make installation "easier" and more GUI) - and the only thing
I'd say is, WAIT.
GnuCash 1.8 is not easy to package in any form. This might be easier with the
Gnome2 port (as it already works for Gimp etc.)
> I am not technically savvy enough to be able to do so myself,
The autopackage site itself recommends that these things are only done by the
developers of the application.
"Typically the person who should be making an autopackage should be the
maintainer of the software themselves, so external patches are not relevant.
This is the best arrangement because that way users are guaranteed that
source code releases are accompanied by binary releases - there is no need
for them to hang around waiting for somebody to rebuild the package for
Of course, what they've missed, is that the developers of the application
don't have TIME to also package it usually. That's why there are package
maintainers. It is these people who generate binary packages after each
source code release. In effect, autopackage becomes yet another package
format to maintain and someone needs to do all that work.
You do have to have detailed knowledge of C and autofoo, you also need to be
able to send patches back to the main source tree.
To me, the biggest problem with autopackage as it stands is:
"Is autopackage cross-platform?
No, right now it only works on x86 and x86-64."
That means that although GnuCash currently runs on Mac OSX and numerous other
architectures, e.g. under Debian: alpha arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel
powerpc s390 and sparc, autopackage would restrict that to just 2. So it
becomes an additional format, not a replacement.
> but if you can do it for the benefit of all GnuCash users, it would
> be greatly appreciated!
I'm not sure it would be that universally welcomed. It's a nice idea but it is
a LARGE amount of work. It's a critical mass thing - until there are more
applications using it, applications won't port to it and so it goes round.
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