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Re: Dependency loops considered harmful?



Michael Schwendt wrote:
On Thu, 04 Sep 2008 02:23:11 -0500, Callum Lerwick wrote:

That works for a Mom and Pop desktop but doesn't work as a developer's
workstation.  When developing software you might need a library that
does Foo.  Look on the system, hey, I can use libFoo!  A few weeks
later, when you remove Gnome-Foo from your system because your shiny new
 application does the job,
Why would you do such a thing?

Because developers build their app from local working-directories (or
check-outs from source code management systems) and run the software from
the same private path or install into /usr/local for testing. It's not
unusual to install without using RPM.

...which is, in a sense, the real problem. The issue as I see it is that rolling an RPM takes a *lot* more time and effort than 'make install', especially with CMake (2.6 does /very/ fast installs). It would be REALLY GOOD to install everything as an rpm (not least because this would clean up cruft from old builds!), but it needs to be fast, and it needs to be do-able without using root privilege. Otherwise I think the costs will outweigh the benefits for a lot of people.

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