After my initial efforts and the generally great learning experience I am
itching to start it all over again. I've had a generous offer to burn CD's
and have been busy searching through the BLFS doc to get the library and
other dependancies right.
Even though I am planning to build only KDE3.1, once it's stable, I am
finding that I still need most of the Gnome libs, to cover all bases. So far
I've got 5 pages on 3 sheets of source packages to fetch, and I haven't even
checked the Web yet.
I've still a few basic problems/questions that I don't fully understand,
A few packages depend on db-4.0.14. However, there is also gdbm as well as
MySQL and other databases. Are these compatable? Can I satisfy a requirement
for db-4.0.14 by installing gdbm instead or can I have several of them
installed at once?
I'm also finding that their are TWO different sets of Gnome libs and tools,
and they are in a multitude of seperate source packages. At least KDE puts
most of it's tools into kde-libs and kde-base. There seems to be at least 10
different packages needed to support ANY Gnome package at all. Does anyone
have any experience in maintaining the two levels of Gnome libs? Can I
install both of them and expect them to play nicely? I have considered just
dropping anything that depended on Gnome libs, for simplicity, but that would
include too many really useful things, like XMMS, SDL, XFCE and, I'm sure
Otherwise, I'm really enjoying getting my hands dirty and building Linux
boxes from scratch! It's a great learning experience and gives me a real
sense of control and accomplishment. Debian has a great update/upgrade tools
and is easy to keep up-to-date, but Debian's idea of up-to-date seems to be
about 6-9 months behind everyone else.
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