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Re: geekyness and ESR's recent tome

From: Perry E. Metzger <perry_at_piermont.com>
Date: 2004-03-02 19:48:18 CET

GreyGeek <jkreps@neb.rr.com> writes:
> On Tuesday 02 March 2004 10:18 am, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> John Peacock <jpeacock@rowman.com> writes:
>> >> The second experience was on my MDK 9.2.1 box at home.
>> >> Download source.
>> >> ./configure gives an error which cannot be resolved without
>> >> rewriting configure.in. Not going that route.
>> >
>> > To be honest, this is not a very helpful report, since you don't say
>> > what the error was. I have always been very happy with the speed by
>> > which I can build from source (with various distros). If there is
>> > something that you are seeing with ./configure, tell us so we can fix
>> > it.
> The 'error' is in using tarballs in the 21st century.

Yah, .zip files are sooooo different. Also, self extracting
executables are beautiful because of how safe they are to use!

> Just as an indication of how weird it is getting... I was unable to install
> Subversion with MDK 9.2 specific rpms,

Again, that's your distro. If you want subversion packaged for it,
then package it properly. The reason that the windows install was so
smooth for you was someone bothered to package it up -- and the point
of my message was that some Unixes are equally well packaged. Don't
blame Subversion for the fact that you don't have a nice package for
your particular Linux.

>> FYI, on NetBSD, the steps to build subversion, and all its
>> dependencies if you don't have them, from source, are:
> FYI, I don't run NetBSD and probably won't ever do so.

You totally missed the point.

Perry E. Metzger		perry@piermont.com
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