Toby DiPasquale on 10 Jun 2006 23:10:39 -0000

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Re: [PhillyOnRails] Compiling v. Darwin Ports

On Sat, Jun 10, 2006 at 01:19:58PM -0400, Randy Schmidt wrote:
> Heh, running and installing gentoo was my introduction to linux. I
> thought that was fairly easy because it was just a few commands, and
> the dependencies were taken care of, just took forever (whole weekend
> shot installing it). I liked the Hivelogic "tutorial" on installing
> the environment. I never used darwin ports, except maybe to install
> X11, until I saw the robby on rails thing with installing posgres that
> way.

Well, with DP at least, they are closer to the BSD ports ideal. That is, a
port will actually work with the other ports. Its a ballbreaker to compile
a big environment over the weekend, have an update come out the following
Tuesday and have to recompile most/all of it again. This, again, is what
Fink is good for. Being closer to apt-get/dpkg (Debian), you can get
packages in pre-compiled binaries if you stick to the stable tree (you can
drop to CVS-based and get source compiles if you want, but then everything
is a source compile, AFAIK). I used Fink, but now use plain source, since
I realized I only wanted a couple things (coreutils, gnuplot, etc).

Toby DiPasquale
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