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Re: OT: useless rant, Was: Building Subversion 1.2 on OS X 10.4 fails

From: Holger Rauch <holger.rauch_at_heitec.de>
Date: 2005-05-23 11:27:06 CEST

Hi Scott!

On Sat, 21 May 2005, Scott Palmer wrote:

> [...]
> I could go into another rant about why Linux will probably still take
> another 20 years to become usable for the mainstream.. but I'll
> resist the urge this time... ;-)

As has already been pointed out, you've run into a Linux *distribution*
issue, not a general Linux issue. You're if this was an issue for *all*
Linux distributions, but that's not the case. It's the responsibility
of the distributor to keep its distribution in a sane state (which to
a great deal involves having correct dependencies on software packages).
In your case, the (g)dbm packages should have been added as a dependency by
SuSE so that they would have been installed automatically at the time the
apr-utils package has been installed. A user shouldn't normally have to mess
with this sort of problem. But some distributors don't do their homework in
the way they're supposed to. That's the reason why it helps to be a bit familiar
with the distribution's contents (packages) and why one should double check
that all required packages have actually been installed.

> All I can say is that building stuff shouldn't be this difficult,

I fully agree with you on this one.

> not
> that it is a fault with subversion code in this case. It appears that
> building anything on Linux is a roll of the dice. It's unfortunate
> to say the least.

No, it's not a roll of the dice. It's just a matter of having the required
packages installed ;-) Though I admit that your case is unfortunate indeed.

Kind regards,


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