On Thu, 23 Jun 2005, nadir at compsoc.nuigalway.ie wrote:
> True , I have also been commenting however on the magnificent
> howto's on the forums and the wiki, we have guides to all sorts of
> stuff, tinkering is usually minimal because of these howto's, but
> all the knowledge is there if you want to get stuck in.
To that extent, Gentoo is probably a good thing, for people eager to
learn lots of details about how a distro puts software together.
[ -msome-abi, -mno-foo, fancythreadsonly, etc...]
Arg, no - I don't care! Really.. I don't see why I need to know about
> dunno, I usually go through the configure, if im going to compile
> something manually. Say like an application that has qt support, qt
> libs are pretty big, what if we dont want to have them on our
> machine at all, and just want an application that supports sdl say,
> but not qt.
I said configure /options/ can be evil, specifically unnecessary
configure options. There's nothing worse than a tonne of weird and
The configure scripts are fine. But I want to run them and have the
damn thing just pick the right options - that's what its for. If
there's a dependency missing, I want it to tell me. No more :).
> the ebuilds just wrap the software, in the case of americas army,
> it goes online, and installs the latest verion, does everything,
> but in the case of doom3, it installs the linux installer, and
> tells you to copy the pak files over
Cool. RPM can do that too, I think - via SRPMS which reference binary
tarballs. Debian dpkg's can /definitely/ do it.
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.iepaul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
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