Preparing for a point release

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Wed Dec 6 04:32:09 UTC 2017

Hal Murray <hmurray at>:
> devel at said:
> >> Why would we want to do a distro install?
> > Because it makes life easier for overworked upstream packagers.
> > By a "distro install" I mean one to rootspace (normally /usr) rather than
> > /usr/local. 
> How does that help anybody package things up?
> Do they have tools that extract new stuff from /usr/ and turn it into a 
> package?  Does that also get things like /etc/ntp.conf?

At least in RPM-land, they like to use the package's own make install
when possible.  I sin't know about Debian packaging.
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