Package pruning for FC4 and beyond - COMPLETE LIST

Michael A. Peters mpeters at
Mon Feb 28 18:58:54 UTC 2005

On 02/28/2005 08:24:20 AM, Ralf Ertzinger wrote:
> Hi.
> "Paul A. Houle" <ph18 at> wrote:
> > source.  (./configure ; make ; make install isn't much harder than
> "yum
> > install" and it's more likely to work.)
> And it's one of the fastest ways to turn a package managed system  
> into
> an
> absolute mess unless you know quite well what you're doing.

Absolutely 100% correct.
If there isn't an rpm for what I want, I make one myself for that very  
reason - RPM is one of the biggest strengths of Red Hat (and Fedora) -  
why mess up a good thing?

I've been down that road before - once you start building from source,  
you have to keep doing it because rpm doesn't know about what is  
installed by source, or use --nodeps - the system just becomes  
difficult to maintain, especially if the box later becomes someone  
elses job to maintain.

and no, ./configure && make && su --command="make install" is not more  
likely to work than "yum install packagename"

That is only the case if you mix repo's not designed to work together.
Even then, though, software like smart can often sort things out enough  
to do it.

Michael A. Peters

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