It's more common to see this role defined as Release Engineer, or sometimes
Build/Install Master.  At least in corporate development projects.

It's part of the Software Configuration Management discipline.

It's also what I've started to do where I work. :)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: vanilla-list-admin at
> [mailto:vanilla-list-admin at]On Behalf Of James Cameron
> Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 10:19 PM
> To: vanilla-list at
> Subject: Re: [Vanilla List] [zu22 at Re: Netrek Promotion
> Idea]
> On Tue, Oct 31, 2000 at 09:51:30PM -0500, Zachary Uram wrote:
> > what exactly does a packaging expert do?
> They recommend modifications to an open source project so
> that it can be
> packaged using whatever packaging tool they are experts in.
> They first work out how the product is compiled, installed and run.
> Then they figure out how to adjust the sequence so that it fits the
> rules of the distribution they are packaging for.  They
> usually come up
> with a directory containing files that help with the packaging, and
> may even make a few recommendations to the project team to simplify
> packaging of future versions.
> They then generate test packages, ask a few people to try them out,
> then final packages and submit them to their distribution authority.
> > u mean converting our vanilla src tree (or blessed binary w/ RSA
> > src) into a RPM and ftp'ing this to some redhat upload site?
> That's a fairly succinct description.  ;-)
> While I would define an open source hacker as someone who
> contributes to
> open source projects at a software engineering level ... a packaging
> expert is a sort of proto-hacker or hacker-wannabe who seeks
> reward from
> the open source community based on their persistence in packaging.
> See for how
> to become
> an open source hacker.
> --
> James Cameron    mailto:quozl at
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