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Re: [K12OSN] amusing, for sure

On Tue, 9 Jul 2002, Jesse Hansen wrote:

>So the moral is, unless the package was compiled and packed with RH 
>compatibility in mind, don't install it, unless you know exactly what is 
>going to happen to your system.  If you can't find an rpm version of the 
>program you want (very unlikely for any version of RH), don't be afraid to 
>download the tarball and:
>tar zxvf foobar.tar.gz
>cd foobar
>less README
>make install

Often times these days, source tarballs have a RPM spec file burried within
them that rpm can find and use to turn it into an installable package.

Just run "rpm -tb foobar.tar.gz" and if the necessary magic file is within
the tarball, you have all the dependancies, the planets are aligned correctly,
etc, etc, it will spit out an installable package somewhere in
/usr/src/redhat/RPMS/*/  ... right at the end of the output of the "rpm -tb"
command will tell you the full path to the packages generated.

Unfortunately, in the specific case of Scribus, this doesn't work. Doing it
the old-fashioned way didn't work right out of the box either. It's still
in development, it looks like they may not have all of the build quirks
ironned out of it yet.


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