On Mar 11, 2004, at 12:09 pm, Sven Neumann wrote:

Because our experience in the pre-releases has shown that it is
extremely difficult to provide a working spec file. And even if we
managed to provide on, it would be specific for a particular
distribution. So we should either provide spec files for all major
distributions as well as portsfiles for the various BSD flavours and
rules to build Debian packages and a configuration file for a Win32
installer or no such file at all. We decided for the second option.

I can only second that option. When I was working for SUSE we weren't able to use even a single shipped spec file for some package so that certainly wasn't very helpful. Even worse a shipped .spec might fool some users into thinking that it should work for their distribution and will cause them major pain before giving up on that idea.


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