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Re: source builds vs. RPMs

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: source builds vs. RPMs
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 11:05:56 +0200
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Hi Richard,

> > Why did you choose to ignore the contents of the INSTALL file and go
> > searching for a distribution specific spec file instead? I'd like to
> > know. The 'buildballs' project is attempting to address issues like this.
> I think it's fairly obvious why I'd want to build an RPM on an
> RPM-based distribution, rather than having two conflicting gettext
> versions installed, one unrecognized by the packaging system.

Thanks for answering. We're getting closer to the point.

There is no conflict between a gettext installed by the system and a
gettext installed by yourself. I have, for example, 26 versions of GCC
installed on my system, 5 versions of emacs, and so on.

Where does the thinking come from that "there must be only one instance
of every package"? From Microsoft Windows?

Where does the thinking come from that it is bad to have something not
recognized by the package system?

This is important, because the GNU system is about bringing YOU, the user,
the freedom to install anything you want, with any modifications that
you want. If there are memes floating around that make it seem an
unattainable or undesirable goal, we need to know about it.


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