On Sun, Feb 26, 2006 at 05:28:42PM +0100, Martin wrote:
If that’s not enough, I can still compile it from source.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but try gentoo.
Portage addresses all of these problems.
The best place to start is with the gentoo handbook:
Like apt, pretty much everything you need is downloadable with
portage, except that it compiles from source for your specific
system. Need ssl support? ruby support? You tell it. All of this is
accomplished through the very rich USE environment variable, and all
new compilations automatically pick up the dependencies you need.
Here’s the current list:
If you change the list, you can also dynamically recompile everything
on your system to update the dependencies (or selectively just the
things that are affected).
Yes, compiling takes a long time (sometimes a long long time), but
there are ways to distribute it if you have multiple machines, and
hopefully, you don’t actually need to do this very often. Also, you
can usually just let it run - it doesn’t need constant attention.
Once you get everything set up, installing new software is as simple
$ sudo emerge rails
which will find rails, analyze the dependencies, fetch all of the
source packages, and build it for you. Don’t have ruby installed? No
problem - it’ll get and install that automatically because rails
depends on it. There are plenty of other options as well.
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