Im sure I could hack something, provided that the
build was run on a Debian system. I might be able
to hack something even worse if you cant run in on a
Debian system (the debian package format is easy
enough to create with standard utilities). Is Jive
willing to run a Debian system to generate packages?
I know you have a VMWare image of it for testing…
I might provide it even if you dont, so that I can
make my own packages…
Our ideal is that the build system is 100% cross platform and can be run via Java. However, we’'ve already started violating that – Spark has to be built on a Mac to get a nice DMG. So, order of preference:
Totally platform neutral build of Debian package.
Build script that requires Unix due to scripting, etc.
Build script that requires Debian.
However, I would say that having a very polished installer and simple to maintain (rather than simple to run) build system is even more important than the preferences above. Adding more infrastucture to our build environment by using something like VMWare isn’'t the end of the world.