RELEASE: Mach 1.0.0 'Madera'

thomas at thomas at
Wed Nov 9 22:16:14 UTC 2011

This mail announces the release of Mach 1.0.0 'Madera'.

mach allows you to set up clean roots from scratch for any distribution or
distribution variation supported.  Currently, this is limited to RPM-based

This clean build root can be used for making clean packages, running
jailed services, testing builds, or making disk images of clean roots.
For more information, see
To file bugs, go to
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mach - make a chroot - RELEASE NOTES

Announcing the release of mach 1.0.0 - Madera

mach allows you to set up clean roots from scratch for any distribution or
distribution variation supported.

This clean build root can be used to run jailed services, create disk images,
or build clean packages.

mach can currently set up roots for the following distributions:
- Fedora 7, 8, 9   (Fedora, Everything, updated,,
         10, 11,    JPackage, FreshRPMS, GStreamer)
         12, 13,
         14, 15, 16
- Fedora 4, 5, 6   (core, updated, extras,,
                    JPackage, FreshRPMS, GStreamer)
- Fedora 1, 2, 3   (core, updated,,,
                    JPackage, FreshRPMS, GStreamer)
- Red Hat 8.0, 9   (basic, updated,,,
                    JPackage, GStreamer, FreshRPMS)
- Red Hat 7.2, 7.3 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS, JPackage)
- Red Hat 7.0, 7.1 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS)
- CentOS 4, 5, 6
- SuSE 8.1/8.2/9
- OpenSuSE 10.2/10.3/11.0
- Yellowdog Linux 3.0 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS)
- Yellowdog Linux 2.3 (basic, updated, FreshRPMS)
- Dave/Dina 0.0/oven/fridge

Read the README included in the distribution for a better overview.

        - Added Fedora 15, 16 (Thomas)
	- Added CentOS 6 (Thomas)

mach is helpful:
- to create minimal chroot environments to jail services in
- to create clean packages for distributions
- to catch spec file mistakes, missing buildrequires, and more

mach's homepage is at
mach is hosted on SourceForge; the project page is

There is a mailing list for development and use of mach.  See

a) On a Fedora 4 Core system, install the mach rpm from
b) su - mach
c) mach setup base
d) mach chroot
   poke around a bit in the fresh root
e) exit
f) mach rebuild

If all goes well, you'll get a nice freshly built vorbis-tools package.

Now go out, experiment and bug report !

A mailing list has been set up for discussion of mach use and development.
Check for information.
The list is low-volume.

To file bugs, go to

Always state what platform you are running on, if it's a clean install or
somehow updated, how I can reproduce the bug, and output of a run of
the failed command with -d (debugging).

Contributors to releases include
- Thomas Vander Stichele
- Ville Skytt��
- Jeff Pitman
- Rudi Chiarito
- Matthias Saou
- Nigel Metheringham
- Jan Schmidt
- Julien Moutte
- Sam Liddicott

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