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Re: Another piece of OSS to make life easier

  • Subject: Re: Another piece of OSS to make life easier
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 05:16:27 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
  • References: <pan.2006.> <1147637139.25357@sky>
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__/ [ [H]omer ] on Sunday 14 May 2006 21:05 \__

> On 14/05/2006 19:59, rapskat spake thusly:
>> I'm all about simple and easy.  Hassle free is my motto, being the
>> lazy person I am.
>> So when I found this nifty bit of software called kinstaller, I was
>> thrilled!  Basically, it does all of the steps required for
>> extracting, compiling and installing a source tarball package and
>> reduces it to a few mouse clicks.  That's nice!
>> Happy compiling :-)
> Note however, that it doesn't create resource trackable packages like
> RPM. I used to use CheckInstall, which *does* create RPMs from tarballs,
> but since starting with Fedora, I find it just as easy to create spec
> files and package the applications myself.
> I'd still recommend CheckInstall for ordinary users, however, since
> having loose-canon binaries on your system, will make maintenance
> difficult.

Very  true, [H]omer. I always enjoy reading your insight on such  matters.
Sticking  to  the point, what I _personally_ tend to do, for the  sake  of
maintenance,  as well as ease in migration, is store source and/or package
in  my  home  directory.  This tends to prevent a  clutters  of  binaries,
wherein  both your 'own' programs and the distribution's default  programs
sort of mingle.

On  a machine that accommodates just one or two users, it may deem  fairly
acceptable.  Not  consuming  too  much space; not  hindering  updates  and
distributability.  For  what it's worth, rather than add the  binaries  to
somewhere  among  the PATHDEF, I just set up keyboard  accelerators  using
xbindkeys. The "~/" syntax makes it very 'portable'. I also have a special
affinity   for  JRE  programs  because  they  are  highly   portable   and
well-encapsulated.  Thumbs  up  to  Java, but  provided  you  have  strong
hardware and plenty of resources to spare. It's a trade-off.

Best wishes,


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