Linux IDEA packaging question

I'd like to make "ebuilds" for Gentoo Linux for IDEA, for the EAP builds and for the released versions. Gentoo Linux users could type "emerge idea-eap" and it would download and install the latest IDEA EAP, for example.

My question to someone at IntellIJ is, is it okay to download the builds directly in the script? If not, ebuilds have an option that forces the user to manually download the files necessary to install. (The Sun JDK is an example of a build that requires a manual download. It's sort of a pain, but not really a big deal.)

I would also probably create an idea-plugins and idea-eap-plugins package, containing plugins I thought were useful. (If I did this, adding the ability to disable certain plugins at the user level might be necessary, since the user might not have write access to the IDEA plugin directory.)

Once again I want to know from someone at IntellIJ whether it's okay for the script to download the .tar.gz's from intellij's servers. If you don't want that, would it be ok to distribute them on another server?

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On Fri, 14 Nov 2003 06:42:49 +0000, Keith Lea wrote:

I'd like to make "ebuilds" for Gentoo Linux for IDEA, for the EAP builds
and for the released versions. Gentoo Linux users could type "emerge
idea-eap" and it would download and install the latest IDEA EAP, for
example.


For what its worth I've been making RPM's of IDEA/EAPs for the last 8
months or so, definitely makes installing/updating a breeze. I'm not
redist'ing them outside the office at work thou.

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This would definitely be nice to have. Three of us here at my office use Gentoo and try to keep up with the latest Aurora builds.

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