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Re: What Fedora makes sucking for me - or why I am NOT Fedora

Kevin Kofler wrote:

Anyone who _wants_ todays bugs from upstream can always grab their
tarball and build it under /usr/local/ with the big advantage of having
a way back when they find it doesn't quite work.

Uh, what way back?

Just use the one you still have in /usr/bin.

A non-RPM package is almost impossible to uninstall
cleanly, at least as soon as you have more than one package in /usr/local.

That's true for some. Many understand that you often want parallel installs and go where you tell them.

Moreover, they may also write stuff to /usr, for example for menu entries
or other system integration tasks. (Or if they don't do that, they often
lack the system integration they'd have when installed to /usr.)

System integration is generally a mistaken concept when you want parallel installs.

are not isolated pieces.

Many are, until distributions break the concept of parallel installs.

Tracking what they install where is what packages
are for.

With big tradeoffs in terms of making concurrent versions mostly impossible.

Some programs support "make uninstall", but most either don't
support it at all or never test it and leave it in various stages of
brokenness. And in any case it only works if you still have the exact
configured build directory you used to install the package.

And some install under a self-contained directory

It's much easier to rpm -Uvh --oldpackage to an older version than to get
rid of some custom-installed version.

Maybe. What if the new version had dependencies that pulled in non-backwards compatible components?

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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