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Re: I hate config & make

From: Tim Van Holder
Subject: Re: I hate config & make
Date: 20 Mar 2003 08:49:50 +0100

On Thu, 2003-03-20 at 07:19, k kline wrote:
> The great majority of "make" files I have encountered
> in 38 years of programming have not worked.
> Now this woefull tradition is continuing in
> "./configure"
> on RedHat8.0 attempting to configure gd-2.0.8  
> 20Mar03 WWIII
> [snip>

That's a known problem, and in 99% of all cases it is a fault on the
maintainer side.

> well... gnu.org are you happpy?

Reasonably so, yes - of course I can only speak for myself, not all of
gnu.org :-)

> I dont want to "make" or "configure"
> I want to RUN software

Then why aren't you using an RPM?  If you don't want to build the
software yourself, but do want the new features provided by the last
release, well - you can't have your cake and eat it.  You'll just have
to wait until someone else build and distributes an RPM for you.

The release notes on www.boutell.com/gd/ say that there have been many
configure fixes between 2.0.8 and the latest release (2.0.11), so you
may want to get that release instead.

> Linux will NEVER fly until this is widely acepted

It's supposed to run, not fly, so I can live with that.

Tim Van Holder <address@hidden>

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