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Oct. 14th, 2003 | 12:50 am
mood: annoyedannoyed

Now I remember why I switched back to linux.

The people working on fink mostly distribute their newest code via source. Which means building the frigging thing when you want to install something. Unfortunately when the think you want is dependent on something like say kde it can take a really long time to build.

I wish they'd been more debian like and had some auto build system to keep their binary distribution up to date.

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from: neko_san
date: Oct. 14th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 14th, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC)

Thank you! :)

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Oct. 14th, 2003 03:59 pm (UTC)

Happy birthday!

I hear you on the fink complaint. I have tried to avoid having to compile GNOME or kde like the plague. So for many things I've turned to using the OSX native versions, or in some cases compiling a native Carbon version.

If it's a K-app, and you don't need the KDE bits, you could try to compile it yourself against the carbonized Qt libs.


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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 15th, 2003 01:50 pm (UTC)

Hmm.. I wonder if korganizer would compile without kde. It links up with quite a few other kde apps.

Also I've been porting a number of the debian developer tools devscripts, debhelper, etc, so as to make porting things from debian much easier. Eventually this led me to an interesting idea.

If the debian policy included environment variables defining where things should go in a FHS complient filesystem perhaps debian developers could be talked into using it. Then if you needed to compile the package on a non-FHS complient system all you'd need to do is change the default destinations for everything.

then a vast number of packages could be easily ported from debian to osx

does that seem like a good idea?

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