On the packaging of ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist


On the packaging of ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist
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Hello World,

Thank you for the amazing work!

I have been working on the packaging of ldraw for the conda package manager (both ldraw-parts and ldraw-list) and I have come across a couple of pitfalls I wanted to report back - even though it is not completely a blocker for moving forward.

1. mklist

- The mklist package does not build out of the box. Everyone (FreeBSD, Debian, ArchLinux) appears to be applying the same patches to the makefile and sources so that it builds succesfully (and I had to do so as well). It may be worth including these patches upstream and bump the version of mklist which has not been updated in a while. If the package was hosted on GitHub or GitLab, it may be easier to submit patches back.

- The mklist source tarball is included in the parts zip file, including built artefacts for windows. Since it is a very simple program, I think that it is fine to provide a built executable on the website, although the parts library and mklist may be better separated.

- Quick note if anyone on this forum is involved in the debian packaging: the version number for the ldraw-mklist debian package appears to be the same as for parts library, while it should really be 1.6.

2. Persistent source tarballs for the parts library

It seems that with every update of the parts library, the new parts are uploaded in a separate zip file, while the complete.zip file is overwritten with the new version of the full library.
This may be an issue because old versions of complete.zip are not available anymore and we can't use a persistent URL for a given version. If you kept a complete-????.zip around for each release, we would be able to point to it persistently.

I am looking forward to hearing back, and super excited to work on the packaging of the lego CAD stack for conda!

Cheers,
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RE: On the packaging of ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist
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(2019-09-16, 16:23)Sylvain Corlay Wrote: 2. Persistent source tarballs for the parts library

It seems that with every update of the parts library, the new parts are uploaded in a separate zip file, while the complete.zip file is overwritten with the new version of the full library.
This may be an issue because old versions of complete.zip are not available anymore and we can't use a persistent URL for a given version. If you kept a complete-????.zip around for each release, we would be able to point to it persistently.

The current version of the library is always the one that should be used. We take great pains to maintain backward compatibility for all parts in the library. I believe we have only broken compatibility once, ever. Therefore, is there a "good reason" ™ to archive the complete.zip? I'm mainly concerned with server space in archiving these files. When (and this may be a while) we switch to a source version control system (probably git) this will be easier but for now it probably won't happen unless there's a clear need.
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RE: On the packaging of ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist
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(2019-09-16, 16:42)Orion Pobursky Wrote: The current version of the library is always the one that should be used. We take great pains to maintain backward compatibility for all parts in the library. I believe we have only broken compatibility once, ever. Therefore, is there a "good reason" ™ to archive the complete.zip? I'm mainly concerned with server space in archiving these files. When (and this may be a while) we switch to a source version control system (probably git) this will be easier but for now it probably won't happen unless there's a clear need.

Thank you for your reply!

The motivation is reproducible builds. What we try to achieve is to be able to rebuild ldraw-parts-1902 at a later point in time...  With the current setup, if someone produces another build of the same package (bumping the build number but not the version) while 1903 has been released in the mean time, he will get the new version of the parts library. (Although I think it is fine if there is also a complete.zip file pointing to the latest version).
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RE: On the packaging of ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist
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(2019-09-16, 16:52)Sylvain Corlay Wrote: Thank you for your reply!

The motivation is reproducible builds. What we try to achieve is to be able to rebuild ldraw-parts-1902 at a later point in time...  With the current setup, if someone produces another build of the same package (bumping the build number but not the version) while 1903 has been released in the mean time, he will get the new version of the parts library. (Although I think it is fine if there is also a complete.zip file pointing to the latest version).

Quick update: it may not be worth it to keep super-old versions around, which are unlikely to be rebuilt, but having a backup for the 3-4 last tarballs may be worth it (starting e.g. with the current version).
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RE: On the packaging of ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist
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Quick update on the matter:

ldraw-parts and ldraw-mklist have been packaged for the conda package manager. If conda is installed, you can get these packages by typing

Code:
conda install ldraw-mklist ldraw-parts -c conda-forge

The issue on reproducible builds (permanent source tarball url) has been pointed by some of the conda-forge maintainers but they accepted the package nevertheless. I am happy to help with these packaging issues should you be interested.
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