[Beowulf] A press release

Bogdan Costescu Bogdan.Costescu at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Jul 2 02:59:47 PDT 2008

On Wed, 2 Jul 2008, Tim Cutts wrote:

> The difficulty is that many ISVs tend to do a fairly terrible job of 
> packaging their applications as RPM's or DEB's

I very much agree with this. While you mentioned init scripts that 
don't fit the distribution, I can add init scripts that are totally 
missing when they should be provided - a hand-made init script would 
not be part of the installed package and could fail in various ways if 
the package is updated or... uninstalled.

> Like you, I tend to use tarballs if they are available, and if I 
> want to turn them into packages I do it myself, and make sure they 
> are policy compliant for the distro.

I think that's actually more important than the distribution per-se. 
If you are able to package something to fit the distribution (f.e. to 
install a missing kernel module, add an important software package, 
etc.) you can more efficiently use your time later on as packaging 
(done properly) is normally a one-time effort. This goes into the 
direction that the admin should use the distribution, not fight it!

Bogdan Costescu

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