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Re: qmail port successfull
Christopher Faylor wrote:
As far as i remember some linux distro do have qmail in binary form...
they asked DJB and (as far as I remember) he added to the license the
To cgf:That's a really regrettable outcome of the qmail license. Oh well.
Yes, I must forget about sharing Win32 binaries.
Woulnd't this be acceptable on "our platform" too?
Exception: You are permitted to distribute a precompiled var-qmail
package <http://cr.yp.to/qmail/var-qmail.html> if (1) installing the
package produces /exactly/ the same /var/qmail hierarchy as a user
would obtain by downloading, compiling, and installing
qmail-1.03.tar.gz, fastforward-0.51.tar.gz, and
dot-forward-0.71.tar.gz; (2) the package behaves correctly, i.e., the
same way as normal qmail+fastforward+dot-forward installations on all
other systems; and (3) the package's creator warrants that he has made
a good-faith attempt to ensure that the package behaves correctly. It
is not acceptable <http://cr.yp.to/compatibility.html> to have qmail
working differently on different machines; any variation is a bug. If
there's something about a system (compiler, libraries, kernel,
hardware, whatever) that changes qmail's behavior, then that platform
is /not/ supported, and you are /not/ permitted to distribute binaries.
This would require of course to have a binary with no vpopmail support... =(
P.S.: maybe it's just that I'm using FreeBSD more and more, but its
"ports system" seems to me better each time I think of it (it is a
collection of some 8000 Makefiles that contains instruction to download
source form original website, apply patch if necessary, compile and
install as a system package).
It is true, of course, that most of the people out there wouln't like to
compile things, but when it's an automatic non-interactive script, it
can be a little better maybe.
This reminds me that maybe it could be cool to have an "install" option
in "type 2 packages" that installs them directly, without bothering to
have a "fake" local setup.ini, starting setup, let it install the
package... this would need some command line "installed package db"
management of some kind. Or it is already out there, only I didn't
Lapo 'Raist' Luchini
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