gtk2 on epel won't be easy

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at
Mon Nov 10 10:27:24 UTC 2008

On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 11:16:40AM +0100, Farkas Levente wrote:
> Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 10:19:09AM +0000, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> >> In response to this thread:
> >>
> >>
> >> As the packages get added to Fedora CVS, I'm requesting EL-5 branch
> >> and building them.  Part of the reason is that oVirt _may_ wish to
> >> build a Windows client on RHEL/EPEL, and they have requested this.
> >> Another reason is that there seems to be interest from CentOS users.
> > 
> > The big question for EPEL-5 branches though is what version of the 
> > packages to build for MinGW. For the Fedora release & rawhide branches 
> > our plan was to have each MingGW build track the version + patches
> > of the corresponding native build.
> > 
> > If we apply that logic to EPEL-5, then we shouldn't be copying the
> > Fedora 9 mingw packages there - we should be -resyncing them to 
> > match the versions distributed in RHEL-5.
> imho if we use the fedora's version and patches that's still better than
> not having mingw for epel. what's more epel packages usually are the
> same version as in fedora not as in rhel. ok i know it's a bit confusing
> since there is no mingw in rhel, but there is gtk2 in rhel which is
> older then mingw32-gtk2, but imho still better than nothing. and to keep
> two parallel version for eg. mingw32-gtk2 (one for fedora and one for
> epel) it'd be waste of time of those people who package it.

Well it kind of depends on what you're wanting to use EPEL version of
MingGW packages for. If you want them simply so that you can build and
develop Win32 apps on a RHEL-5 based host machine, then keeping the same
versions as Fedora makes sense because it minimizes overhead. If you want
a RHEL-5/EPEL-5 based system for sake of long term support/stability of
packages, then you'll want the MinGW packages to track RHEL-5 native
versions so you take advantage of all the bugfixes/security patches etc
being applied to RHEL-5 versions. 

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