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Bug 636546 - app-arch/bzip2: Handwritten Makefile to autotools conversion.
Summary: app-arch/bzip2: Handwritten Makefile to autotools conversion.
Status: IN_PROGRESS
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Deadline: 2018-10-14
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
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Reported: 2017-11-04 18:59 UTC by hanetzer
Modified: 2018-09-10 10:50 UTC (History)
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Description hanetzer 2017-11-04 18:59:30 UTC
app-arch/bzip2 currently has a rather convoluted and unportable
ebuild due to upstream using a pair of handwritten Makefiles in
stead of a more standard autotools setup.

Stanislav Brabec <sbrabec@suze.cz> has already laid most of the
groundwork in setting up an autotool package for it, and with
the guidance of Soap a git repo[1] was created with gentoo's own
bzip2 patches and the autotools setup incorporated in a sane way.

Both of my attempts to contact the original author J. Seward at
both jseward@bzip.org and julian@bzip.org resulted in the mail
bouncing back as undeliverable.

As it currently stands, without these changes to a more portable
autotools setup, using chrossdev to compile for mingw-w64 will
result in a libbz2.so which is actually a PE32 dll and bzip2
which is also a PE32 executable without a .exe extension.

In addition, changing the build system will result in a much
simpler and easy to maintain ebuild, and adds pkg-config support,
a feature which has been missing from bzip2 its entire life.

[1]: https://github.com/hanetzer/bzip2
Comment 1 Felix Janda 2017-12-27 13:02:39 UTC
Please also try contacting the upstream author at jseward@acm.org .
Comment 2 hanetzer 2017-12-29 10:10:37 UTC
(In reply to Felix Janda from comment #1)
> Please also try contacting the upstream author at jseward@acm.org .

Oh, nice. I had tried emailing both jseward@bzip.org and julian@bzip.org,
but both emails got bounced back as deliverable. I will give that email
a shot as well.
Comment 3 Thomas Deutschmann gentoo-dev Security 2018-09-10 10:50:08 UTC
@ Mike Frysinger: Please comment on that fact that new bzip2 package would lose USE=static. Is this a problem?