suse question

Tyler Strickland tyler at
Wed Dec 14 18:28:47 MST 2005

On 12/14/2005 11:50 AM, Shane Hathaway wrote:
> Gentoo lets me make fine-grained choices about the stability of each 
> package, then churns away in the background to make those choices a 
> reality.  I once tried to achieve similar freedom using SRPMs and 
> rpmbuild, but rpmbuild is far less automated than Portage, so SRPMs 
> turned out to require a horrible amount of work.  (A full-time job, no 
> doubt.)
> I wonder how well Debian automates building from sources.

It really depends on what you want to do.  On my server, for example, I 
use MySQL 4.1, yet some packages such as Courier have their dependencies 
set up to only use the MySQL 4.0 client libraries.  This presends a 
problem because 4.1 uses a new password authentication mechanism.  It 
was fairly simple for me to download the source package using 'apt-get 
source' and 'apt-get build-dep', which could then be modified to have 
the appropriate dependencies.  The process is fairly quick and painless.

I can't say for more complicated scenarios, though - anyone else done 
something more complex?


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