[Slackbuilds-users] Virtualization and package building

Andrzej Telszewski atelszewski at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 19:02:35 UTC 2015

On 02/12/15 19:57, David Woodfall wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have to build packages for Slackware 14.0 and 14.1 as well as the
>> upcoming 14.2, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture and different
>> scenarios: server vs. desktop.
>> Until april 2015 I built everything in a series of VirtualBox guests on
>> my main workstation, which worked quite well most of the time. I vaguely
>> remember having had trouble with one or two packages, but don't recall
>> exactly which one.
>> Since this date I've setup a dedicated package build host on a rather
>> modest hardware (AMD dual core processor, meh), and with a quite
>> bone-headed setup. No virtualization here, only a good old multiboot
>> with a hard disk partitioned to death: 15 partitions with a shared swap
>> and a maximum of 14 different systems, currently 8 in use. I reckon this
>> is a rather unusual way of doing things, but 1) KISS 2) works perfectly.
>> Last week I bought a thick book about Linux & Virtualization, and before
>> diving head first into all this stuff, I have a general question out of
>> curiosity. I guess most of you build your stuff in virtual guests
>> (correct me if I'm wrong). What kind of virtualization do you use for
>> this? KVM + qemu seems to be great for servers, but is it apt for
>> setting up a desktop stuff and building graphical applications (Scribus,
>> VLC, whatever)?
>> I think I'll read the book differently if I already have a vague sense
>> of where I'm heading.
>> Cheers,
>> Niki
> I use chroots - a 64bit for pretty much everything, but I also have a
> 32bit chroot for building wine in. It's faster than booting a VM.

Can you write a bit more on how you do this?
Or give an reference?

> Dave
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Best regards,
Andrzej Telszewski

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