Having just started packaging, I noticed there are PCLinuxOS specifications for everything. There is a PCLOS spec for a base system like the foundation of a house. There is a PCLOS spec for the framing. There is a PCLOS spec for the plumbing, electrical work, sheet rock and paint (libs, Build Requires, etc.). All designed to ensure we have a clean, safe environment in which to work our packaging magic.
I like specifications. Specs help give consistent results. Specs help packagers be confident they are sending good work upstream. Specs help upstream managers get their jobs done quickly. Specs help everyone involved.
The only thing I couldn't find a PCLOS spec for is a roof. A roof keeps out rain, hail, dirt and other debris (libs, utils, crap) that would mess up our clean, safe environment. A roof shouldn't leak nor fall in. People shouldn't be allowed to punch holes in the roof. It shouldn't be any old roof either; it should be a PCLOS specified roof. A roof that fits our environment and ensures it is as clean for the next package as it was for the first.
I think we should take the next step and create a roof.
A suggestion would be a thread where packagers can express ideas on how best to do this and input the way they clean up between packages. At some point, the honchos would close the thread and hash out the best PCLOS spec for a roof. Unless I missed it and there is a roof in place.
Any ideas? Or am I way off base.