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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Wednesday 24 Aug 2011 15:43 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>> ____/ Homer on Wednesday 24 Aug 2011 14:10 : \____
>>> Verily I say unto thee that Gregory Shearman spake thusly:
>>>> Do you know any gentooers? Ask them how many times a package "doesn't
>>>> compile correctly". Not very bloody often. It *does* happen every now
>>>> and then but there's an *excellent* community available to help.
>>> IME build failure occurs in Gentoo about as often (or even less often)
>>> as /runtime/ failures in binary packages supplied by other distros (e.g
>>> segfaults), which is to say ... very rarely.
>>> Indeed one usually finds the reason for those runtime errors in other
>>> distros is specifically because their corresponding sources would also
>>> fail to build locally (e.g. dependency issues).
>>> At least with source-based distros the mechanism to support and fix that
>>> yourself is a something users are well prepared for. It's also possible
>>> on binary distros, of course, but requires installing and setting up a
>>> toolchain and build environment that isn't usually part of the default
>>> install, then manually discovering and installing build dependencies
>>> (tools like yum-builddep can help there though).
>>> But again, in practice, neither solution is required very often. At
>>> least Free Software has that option though, unlike proprietary blobs
>>> that either work or ... don't, and that's what you're stuck with.
>> For distros with binary builds and repos it is also possible to just get the
>> source code of a 'broken' package. I just think it's simpler to get
>> something which gets installed quickly, almost as quickly as copying a file
>> over the network.
>> I haven't seen any package breakage in Debian... yet. (unlike Ubuntu and more
>> often Fedora)
> Sometimes you will find that source-code packages don't flag all of their
> dependencies (libxxxx-dev packages) with M4 macros.  But usually the
> compiler errors make it easy to figure out what is missing.  (This is on
> Debian).

Compiling stuff on Ubuntu has so far been easier for me than on Debian (cyrus
at least).

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