Re: installation question

Michal Vitecek (
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 22:39:26 +0100

   well - because of RH splitting the Xpm, X and other packages into
 libraries, header files and static libraries, many RH newbies have
 problems with compiling stuff just because they thought having the
 libraries is enough. (it is enough, but only for running already compiled
 programs, not for compiling your own programs of course).
   note that i wasn't talking about the functionality of rpm program
 itself nor the RH distribution. i was talking about the misleading way
 guys at RH chose for packaging things.

btw.: rpm is not the only solution to package management and dependency -
look at debian's deb. also in slackware and *bsd systems there are *.tgz
packages which can be handled by special package commands (pkgtool,
pkg_add, pkg_delete) which preserve the dependency. so .tar.gz is not that
bad and rpm is not the only way.

Nathan Widmyer wrote:
>Michal, don't be too quick to place blame on Red Hat, rpm's are a lot better
>than tar.gz's.  I'm not trying to start anything, I'm standing up for Red Hat
>because it's in my opinion better than any other distribution.
>Michal Vitecek wrote:
>>  it's RH "clever" idea (== very stupid thing) to cut packages into devel
>>  (header files etc) and libs (shared libraries), which causes lot of
>>  confusion for RH users (mainly newbies).
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