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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [ #1262331] (inactive Linux distributions)

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [ #1262331] (inactive Linux distributions)
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:00:57 -0500
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ok - so to steer us back on topic i can say that i tried to build blag
last week using the scripts posted a few months ago on the trisquel
forum - as to be expected, there were issues

the scripts are based on a fedora v20 target system and require packages
from corresponding versioned repos on fedora, freedora, and also a
native blag repo - the fedora archives are still available but the
oldest available freedora repo is v25 so that had to be the minimum
target - obviously though, the original blag repo
($basearch/os/) is not available and it
is anyone's guess which packages were in this that will not be available
for a build today - and even if it were they may not be compatible as-is
with the other v25 repos

it has many inline commands to get the current fedora version of the
running system - i found most of them in hopes that i could hard-code a
version number but there must be others somewhere because some of the
repo URLS always correspond to the version of running fedora host - so i
absolutely had to build this on a fedora host of the corresponding
version number as the target blag (in this case fedora v25) - i.e. so it
would apparently not be possible to build blag (v.N+1) from a running
blag (v.N) - i mention this because arguably this does not meet the FSDG
self-hosting requirement

where i last left off, i got it to progress as far as the package
loading phase when it choked on a package missing from the freedora
repos named something like: 'linux-kernel-firmware' - perhaps this is
just a renamed package - i have not looked into it any further

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