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Re: naim review (was Re: Pending package status (14 Jul 2003))

Daniel Reed wrote:
> On 2003-07-16T09:31+0100, Max Bowsher wrote:
> ) OK, I've found the problem. Setup's integrated tar code is rather
> ) oversensitive to magic numbers. Specifically, your naim tarball does not
> ) contain "ustar\040\040\0" at offset 257. Repacking with GNU tar is the
> ) term fix. Long term, maybe setup could become more tolerant in its tar
> ) code - PTC. What kind of tar did you pack these packages with?
> It was actually packaged on a Cygwin system, using its GNU tar 1.13.25.
> tbz2: CYGWIN-PATCHES/dist
> mkdir "${top_builddir}/tmp"
> make install-strip DESTDIR="`cd ${top_builddir}/tmp; pwd`"
> (cd "${top_builddir}/tmp"; $(AMTAR) cof - --owner 0 --group 0 usr |
bzip2 -9
> -c >../${pkgtbz2}) rm -rf "${top_builddir}/tmp"
> The -o option I pulled from elsewhere in automake's generated files: all
> automake-generated tar files (including the source tarballs generated by
> "make dist") will be in that format as well:
>   -o, --old-archive, --portability   write a V7 format archive
> I believe it's done for compatibility with older versions of tar, and I
> believe that is the format Solaris' tar uses as well. It's ironic that
> -o breaks setup.exe's tar routines :)
> For the next release, should I remove the -o?

Yes, please.

> Also, is there a way to run
> setup.exe against a local file (not in any setup.ini) to check whether
> can install the package? I'm thinking that could be the last step in the
> packaging procedure, before uploading to a webserver/submitting to
> cygwin-apps.

Sort of. If you really want a full test environment, you can set up upset on
your local machine, and run it to make a setup.ini for your test packages. I
maintain a small tree alongside my mirror of release/, containing self-built
replacements for a few cygwin packages, packages I am reviewing, and
packages so old they have fallen out of setup.ini, that I might want to


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