[postgis-users] PostGIS setup - Ubuntu Breezy + PostgreSQL-8.1

alex bodnaru alexbodn at 012.net.il
Mon Apr 17 08:28:04 PDT 2006

apt-get install is fetching binary packages, according to the
/etc/apt/sources.list of the machine.

the main debian repositories are automatically building the packages
submited for all supported architectures. you could think of the various
ubuntu/debian versions as various architectures, and automatically
support them as well. postgis has been designed to support every debian
version that may run it. but i don't think you could naturally expect
for all packages to be release-backward compatible.

this situation is very cumbersome, and i personally think it should be
thoroughly revised.
i would think of a single (stable) debian release, comprising only
general purpose (aka required/important) packages. packages for specific
science/industry should be maintained by specialized groups like gis,
engineering, education etc. both the main team and the specialized ones,
should upgrade packages at upstream pace, but allways integrate the new
packages in the current stable release. it would be nevertheless simpler
to test a new package against a known to be stable release, than against
an unstable and ever changing one. i know, that such a solution would
bring the ubuntu efforts back to debian, and render a both stabler and
much more uptodate debian distribution. by the way, the debian release
should be forked from time to time, but on functional grounds, like the
c++ abi transition, the udev hotplug conflict etc.

i'd like to hear your opinion


Stefano Costa wrote:
> Scrive alex bodnaru <alexbodn at 012.net.il>:
>>i don't have ubuntu, but the available debian packages have been
>>designed to support even older postgresql architectures.
>>the dependencies have been based on packages names, and the real file
>>names are been detected at build-time.
>>my suggestion would be to try to build the deb from it's sources on each
>>ubuntu or debian distribution to support.
>>willing to help,
> Hi Alex,
> some time ago I kindly asked one of the DebGIS members to teach me how to build
> DEB packages from the sources in the repository for Ubuntu. I'd like to
> dedicate a little of my time mantaining (one of) such packages for Ubuntu. This
> would require to envolve the DebianGIS project, and the Ubuntu MOTU (Masters of
> the Universe) team too. In my mind the only useful result should be to have
> some packages to mantain as a team in Ubuntu Universe, given _the same_ sources
> as DebianGIS.
> The objective would be that apt-get install postgis always provides users with
> the latest version of the software, without the pain of adding repositories and
> so on.
> If we can merge our efforts and will, the more the better!
> Steko
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