> > It would provide for a self-contained source distribution.
> then you must also include GCC, LIBC, LIBICONV, LIBSIGSEGV, READLINE,
> GETTEXT, m4, autoconf, autoheader, sh, sed, ls, cp, mv, rm &c &c
> The bottom line is that any distribution (or CVS sandbox) must assume
> something about the host. Common assumptions are: /bin/sh, libc, cc.
On Unix, you can assume sh, libc, cc, and for a developer's machine also
m4, autoconf etc. docbook in a particular version 4.3 you can't assume.
> I argue that Internet is a reasonable assumption now.
Not every place is an internet paradise. There are machines which are
disconnected from the net on purpose. (Colleagues of mine do this as well.)
There are people who temporarily have internet connection problems. There
are people travelling with a notebook. Shall they all be blocked from
working, for something that can be fixed in 6 lines of Makefile.devel?