[openssl-project] To distribute just the repo file, or the result of 'make dist'?

Richard Levitte levitte at openssl.org
Tue Jul 24 13:50:55 UTC 2018

In message <20180724122839.GA2433 at roeckx.be> on Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:28:40 +0200, Kurt Roeckx <kurt at roeckx.be> said:

kurt> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 02:08:46PM +0200, Richard Levitte wrote:
kurt> > 
kurt> > The original intention (way back, I think we're even talking SSLeay
kurt> > time here, but at the very least pre-1.0.0 time) was to make a tarball
kurt> > that can be built directly with just a 'make' on any Unix box and
kurt> > without requiring perl.
kurt> I don't see how that could work our current system. As far as I
kurt> know, it's actually confired for a system, and it will not work
kurt> properly on an other. It would just work on the same system as
kurt> that we ran config on.

Hmm?  The dist target (Configurations/dist.conf) creates a *very*
generic Makefile with no system specific files.  It assumes LP32 and
very generic C compiler command line.  It doesn't support assembler
modules, threads or shared libraries...  that cuts away quite a lot of
system dependencies.  The only thing that's needed to make the
resulting directory tree free of the need for perl is 'make

kurt> > 1.  Don't release pre-configured tarballs.  This is a very simple
kurt> >     thing to do, all we have to do is use 'make tar' to create
kurt> >     tarballs instead of 'make dist'.  We could remove the dist target
kurt> >     entirely while we're at it.
kurt> This makes most sense to me.

Yes, it does to me as well, especially considering we're encouraging
everyone to configure anyway.

Richard Levitte         levitte at openssl.org
OpenSSL Project         http://www.openssl.org/~levitte/

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