[Mailman-Users] Red Hat FHS packaging

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Fri Jun 17 03:48:51 CEST 2005

At 6:20 PM +0100 2005-06-15, Andy Heath wrote:

>  Many open source software products provide small text
>  installation documentation files that explain what
>  is needed for particular platforms - for example
>  the XFree86 distributions used to (dunno if they
>  still do).  The answer "come look over here at
>  our product" doesn't cut it with me.  There is
>  mutual co-operation
>  and there is "come look over here and you won't
>  need anything else".  You seem to be displaying
>  the second.

	The Mailman project cannot maintain binary packages for every 
platform we support.  We provide the source code, and if others want 
to produce binary packages from that, that's up to them.  RedHat is 
doing exactly the same sort of thing that other vendors do in this 

	If vendors decide they want to create a binary package, they need 
to keep and maintain their own documentation on how to update the 
binary packages.  In this respect, RedHat does a much better job than 
some other vendors.

	If you're going to be running RedHat on your machines, then you 
need to know how RedHat handles their binary packages.  Your failure 
to fully understand this process is not the fault of RedHat, nor is 
it the fault of the Mailman project.

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