On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 08:46:10PM -0400, Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 6:53 PM, Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@...> wrote:
> > At least an initial read suggests that you just multiplied the mirror
> > space requirements by however many times you use this trick. I don't
> > believe infra's going to go for that.
> Yup - and everybody needs to mirror all the BINDISTs using all those
> older trees. I don't think this is a good option all-around.
> For most changes, honestly, I think the cleanest option is to use
> binary packages. If you build a generic set of @system binary
> packages then you can emerge -K them and get a bootstrappable system
> no matter how out-of-date you are. Then you can do an emerge -uDN
> world, or maybe just an emerge -e world.
> The only real gotcha is if portage is so old that it can't handle the
> binary packages. However, to get around that we really just need a
> set of step-wise binary updates for portage itself so that you can
> sequence it up to something that can install the rest. That will work
> as long as portage doesn't strictly need a newer dependency. If it
> needs a newer python or something then we might need to keep a binary
> package of that lying around - maybe statically linked so that it
> doesn't go further than a few packages.
> Something like that really just needs a few tarballs and then an
> up-to-date set of binary stage3 packages. The binary packages could
> be built at the same time the stage3s are made. And, this is really
> just a contingency plan so we don't need to mirror all that stuff - we
> could even just make it torrent-only or something.
Binary packages are useful, but you can't consider them a true fix to our
problem. In 2011, having to do all this manual work just to keep a system
running seems wrong. Especially when there are other solutions that would allow
you to avoid all that.
Implementing something like my proposal would save a lot of systems with
minimal cost and make Gentoo more reliable in the public (and corporate) eye.
> Or we could do what was proposed in the past and say 1 year and you're
> done. That slows us down a little, but has zero overhead.
IMHO, waiting for a year to push a serious change is unacceptable. We're a
bleeding edge meta-distro, I'm sure we can do better ;)
Alex Alexander | wired
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