On Friday 10 May 2002 13:55, Breathnach, Proinnsias (Dublin) wrote:
> Acorn used to have this in RiscOS (probably still have), where a directory
> which had a name beginning with a "!" was an application. This then had a
> graphic file !Sprites, an execute script !Run and an FS browser
> initilisation script !Boot ...
Yeah, that sort of thing. You could do it at the OS/FS level, or just
write a bunch of shell scripts...
> Problem was far too many libraries loaded on the system ... although IIRC
> the OS managed those very well ...
That is a potential problem. However
* Disk space is no longer an issue for most situations
* Library collisions and dependencies (aka DLL hell) are a major PITA.
Try, for example, installing something from a later version of your
distro onto the version you have installed and are happy with. You
end up upgrading a bunch of stuff, which results in breakage of
existing apps etc. This probably works with debian, but it causes
problems with mandrake, and, I imagine, redhat, suse, etc
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