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Re: GNU System Explanation

From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU System Explanation
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 12:12:33 +0100

   > > Can someone please give me a concise explanation of what the
   > > intended goals are here?
   > The goal is to make package installation and removal as easy as
   > cp and rm.

   Some pre/post installation stuff seems needed.

We should try and minimise all pre/post installation stuff.  I have
yet to see a case where it is infact _required_, and cannot be done in
a different, cleaner way.

   $ tar -zxvf my_program.tar.gz
   $ cd my_program/
   $ ./configure --prefix=/packages/my_program
   $ make
   $ make install

Actually, it would be more in tune with: ./configure --prefix= && make
install DESTDIR=/packages/foo && ln -s /packages/foo /stow.  But that
is the general gist of it all.

   In this case I'd have a source-based package manager already

We should hopefully be able to use that for purley source code based
things.  But most users simply wish to use binary packages (which is
quite understandable).


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