[OpenIndiana-discuss] Making OI Packages (part I)

Alex Viskovatoff viskovatoff at imap.cc
Fri Oct 29 17:00:10 UTC 2010

Hi Søren,

It's very nice that you are interested in contributing packages.  The OI
project needs all the packagers it can get.

Exactly how packaging will work is still being determined.  Have a look


As you can see from that document, packaging will initially be based on
pkgbuild.  You can find links about that here:


The latest version of CBE (Common Build Environment) is available here:


Much work creating packages has already been done at SFE (Spec Files
Extra). So it is likely that much of the work creating packages for OI
will initially be based on the specs found there.


On Fri, 2010-10-29 at 18:33 +0200, Søren Krarup Olesen wrote:
> Dear all,
> As you may know, I am a newbie to OI--less so to Solaris, where I typed
> in my first C-programs in vi with nothing but an ASCII terminal...those
> were the days--and those days lasted for years in my case ;-)
> Now, there is a couple of questions regarding the making packages or
> the mere problem of porting things to OI, something that I am really
> eager to do, if I only knew how...
> You see, it's not so much about compiling things and make them work,
> it's more what rules to follow:
> 1) Some packages are named sunw...followed by a name. What does that
> really mean? sun is referring to Sun obviously but what about the 'w'?
> 2) How do we differ between run-time libs and development "libs" (the
> latter typically just a single .h file) when it comes to *naming*?
> Under Linux/Debian it was simple, e.g.: bananasplit.deb and bananasplit
> dev.deb...
> 3) Must I in a compiled package include GNU license + source or will
> the binaries suffice?
> 4) Must I provide compiled packages with both gcc and CC, is there some
> kind of preference? And what names should be used?
> 5) Same as 4) only how to differ between 32 bits and 64 bits. And
> again...the naming question.
> I have many more, but it's time to make some Friday evening supper now,
> so let's keep it like this.
> Best,
> Søren
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