[Slackbuilds-users] Will there be a "current" branch in official SBo git repo?

/dev/rob0 rob0 at slackbuilds.org
Sat May 29 03:38:01 UTC 2010

On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 09:51:07PM -0300, Niels Horn wrote:
> On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 9:27 PM, Grissiom <chaos.proton at gmail.com> 
> > On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 12:32 AM, xgizzmo <xgizzmo at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> I don't not speak for the whole admin staff. But I feel it is 
> >> almost pointless to try and maintain anything based on -current. 
> >> You will expend tons of time doing it, and run the risk of 
> >> having everything you worked on being undone by a single up date 
> >> to -current. If we made a -current repo then we would be forced 
> >> into keeping it up to date with -current, something I do not 
> >> intend to do.
> >
> > Hmm, that's a good reason. For the seek of ease of maintain and 
> > stability, I agree with you.
> > So it seems that I have to keep a stable release of Slackware to 
> > maintain my SlackBuilds, which will cancel out my desire to track 
> > -current.... ;(
> You can either:
> 1) run -current in a Virtual Machine
> or
> 2) maintain clean stable Virtual Machines

A virtual machine is overkill, generally. A chroot works well. 
These are my bind-mounts:

cd /home/slackware-13.1 # where I have done a full install using
                        # installpkg -root /home/slackware-13.1
for MOUNT in proc proc/bus/usb sys tmp home ; do mount -v --bind \
/$MOUNT $MOUNT ; done
chroot .

You might not want/need /tmp and /home in that list, but I do. The 
whole mess could be scripted with proper environment variables and 

My main computer has an aging slamd64 install with a shiny newish 
kernel. I'm using it to build some packages for my 32-bit netbook 
which is running 13.1. In some cases there could be obscure bugs 
occurring from the different kernels (I have a custom 2.6.31 rather 
than a stock 13.1 kernel on here), but that's not likely, and 
something that the SBo review process would probably find, if you 
submitted a build tested in such a chroot.

> I test all my SlackBuilds in clean VMs, both 32 & 64 bits.
> Personally I use qemu-kvm with the -snapshot option, so that
> it always returns in the same state when firing it up.
> I keep sources and SlackBuilds on my "real" machine, with
> the directory mounted r/o through nfs on the VMs.
> It is fast and reliable.
> The "clean" machines have the complete Slackware installation,
> with http, php & mysql configured & running, but zero extra
> packages, so that I discover all needed dependencies.
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