On 6/29/05, nadir at compsoc.nuigalway.ie <nadir at compsoc.nuigalway.ie> wrote:
> Quoting Andres Jimenez <gandresin at gmail.com>:
>> > > Your copy of a package is really your own. It might never have been
> > > tested with your exact combination of CFLAGS and USE flags. And since
> > > it's bleeding edge, this is all the more likely. And if you unmask
> > > anything, even more likely.
> > Jackpot for Paul! That's the point. The more you customize, the less
> > that config is tested. If you trust your wisdom (or you can afford a 3
> > days long outage) Gentoo is great. If you think comunity's experience
> > is more important Gentoo is not your brand of vodka.
> portage allows you to do these things, you dont have to do them, I think I
> recall saying this before.
No, you have to do them. If you don't USE something, it wont be
compiled in. So if I need my web server to provide perl support, it
needs to be in my USE flags. If I want to use apache2 instead of
apache, I need to specify that use flag. Gentoo is completely centered
around USE flags, and I doubt theres a single user out there without
at least 1 USE flag.
Besides, the idea that you would run gentoo without USE flags is
insane. It would be so completely useless without flags set, and the
importance of USE flags so central to your argument, that I can't
believe you would suggest that to not use them.
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