Handling update-alternatives

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at canonical.com
Fri Aug 5 19:52:08 UTC 2016

On Fri, Aug 05, 2016 at 09:33:42AM +0000, Evan Dandrea wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Aug 2016 at 10:21 Dan Watkins <daniel.watkins at canonical.com>
> wrote:

> > My first thought was to add an `awk` part, which would allow you to
> > specify the way in which you wanted awk to be provided (i.e. "this
> > Ubuntu package", "build from this source") and ensure that awk would end
> > up in the PATH of other things in the snap.

> I'd create a part that builds awk from source, then add it to
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Snappy/Parts so others can benefit from your work
> (`snapcraft define awk`).

> My understanding of stage-packages is that it helps us until we have a
> diverse parts ecosystem.

My understanding is that we have a rich repository of pre-built binaries
that can be used via the stage-packages mechanism, that we should take
advantage of wherever it makes sense instead of forcing rebuilds from source
of standard Unix tools ;)

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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