[fdo-internals] Ubuntu and Debian Packaging for MapGuide and FDO

Trevor Wekel trevor_wekel at otxsystems.com
Wed Apr 7 17:48:32 EDT 2010

Hi everyone,

I've been having discussions on another list regarding MapGuide and FDO inclusion in the Ubuntu and Debian repositories.  As it turns out, we have a lot of cleanup work to do before we can be included in the repositories.  Here's a few highlights:

Native compilation on Ubuntu/Debian
- This is a hard requirement.  Native compilation allows security patches to be addressed in a timely fashion.  We do not compile cleanly on GCC 4.4 right now.

Use "distro" packages where possible for all third party libraries
- Including standard Linux packages in our source trees make them invariably out of date and is generally considered a no-no.

Compile with a standard "user" account
- root should only be used for /usr/*** installs.  Source compilation and installation to any user writable directory tree should be possible using a standard user account.  This also means we cannot hardcore directories anywhere.
No /usr/local
- Installed packages are not allowed here.

Linking to OpenSSL
- There a bunch of licensing issues with OpenSSL and GPL/LGPL.  We do this in a number of places.

And there is quite a long list of potential violations for Debian that could trip us up.  We would have to go through this list ensure that we are in compliance.  http://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html

Our user base would love to see MapGuide and FDO included in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories.  And I am also certain it will be a relatively lengthy project to accomplish the feat.  Should we put it on the roadmaps?


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