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Re: LilyDev Docker image?

From: James
Subject: Re: LilyDev Docker image?
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:40:31 +0100
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The bug list in not the appropriate list for this discussion I think, so
I am ccing Dev.

On 25/06/15 21:14, Dénes Harmath wrote:
> Dear developers,
> are there any plans to build a Docker image for building LilyPond? It would
> be a much more lightweight solution than a VirtualBox image, so I think
> contributors would be grateful.
LilyDev was partly intended for those that don't have the time or skills
(or underlying operating system) to muck about with build environments
or where building LilyPond was tricky.

Virtual Box is a next/next/next click/click/click install and so is
pretty much installing LilyDev. My mother could do it.

If you're comfortable with 'containers' and understand (or think you
understand) why they are 'better' or 'more useful' than a VM in this
context then LilyDev probably isn't for you other than just a
convenience, and you could probably just create your own VM and install
all the dependencies you need as documented in the the Contributor's Guide.

I wouldn't have even bothered to begin to start development with
LilyPond had it not been for LilyDev in a VM (I had a mac, and had no
experience of things like building code).

I worry that sometimes we lose sight of the purpose of LilyDev. It isn't
supposed to be just be about making it easier for 'developers' (you
already probably know how to do this stuff yourself), it's for lesser
mortals like myself and those that don't have time to worry about if my
underlying OS will work or not.

Is it as easy to *set up* docker containers on a Windows or Mac Laptop
(for example) as it is to install VirtualBox and install an ISO file in
a VM today?


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