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Re: A GNU Distribution

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: A GNU Distribution
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 01:33:13 -0400

   >   $ apt-get build-dep $PROGRAM;
   >   $ apt-get source $PROGRAM;
   >   $ cd PROGRAM/;
   >   $ ./configure;
   >   $ make;
   >   $ make install;
   >   What is not easy about this? :-)
   > That will not build with the same switches as the original package was
   > built, and it will install in /usr/local which does not work for all
   > packages.

   $ apt-get build-dep $PROGRAM;
   $ apt-get source -b $PROGRAM

   will build it with same options as it was built by the package maintainer.

The point was "what is not easy about this", now you get into the
problem that if I am hacking on something this will simply not work
since I cannot frob the source tree when using "apt-get source -b".

The first command also requires root access, something you might not

Installing the binary package will also requrie root access, not or
provide any roll back mechanism.

My point, it is not as easy as some people think.

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