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Re: mc in fedora 10

Subject: Re: mc in fedora 10
From: MK
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:58:58 -0500
On Fri, 13 Nov 2009 20:18:21 +0100
"Yury V. Zaytsev" <[email protected]> wrote:

> > Vis. "waste days on recompiling packages from older source archives"
> >  -- no, I just find the homepage, download the source tarball, and
> >  compile it according to  my preferences.  I do not have a hard time
> >  determining and accounting  for prereqs.  
> I guess you have never compiled anything requiring more than 3 libraries
> then. Try a static build of VLC (or, say, qtiplot, anyone?) for starters
> and than report back.

No, I've done the "linux from scratch" thing, actually, which means building a 
new glibc, bootstrap-rebuilding gcc, etc, then every other single library after 
that.  Not that I do that often (or want to), but it's been done and I honestly 
almost prefer building from source; on my current install X is from the distro 
but the entire gtk chain is source built, partially because I have a public 
project involving gtk so it's curiousity.  I rebuild the kernel all the time, 
my system is always totally stable, I have no problem "forcing" in higher level 
packages on top of that.

So yeah, I kind of sneer at a lot of the install systems that have developed in 
the past decade (those years I spent travelling must have been big ones in 
linux development!) altho this sneer is completely ridiculous and unjustified.  
I am coming to appreciate the ease and dynamism of it all.

Certainly, mc belongs near the center of the linux universe.  But I'm still 
sure that 2 DVD fedora set was designed by them to fit their graphical install 
system, which is a little crass but I imagine does a fine job of quickly and 
easily installing some generic style systems (just mc was not on any of them 
;P).  RHEL I would point out is more specifically a commercial server product 
and I would hope any server I have to connect to has mc available, so good for 

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