./configure command

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Tue Apr 4 17:27:35 UTC 2006


On Tue, 2006-04-04 at 12:15 -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Boris Glawe wrote:
> > Joao Paulo Pires wrote:
> > 
> >> Hi Cameron,
> >> Thanks for your answer.
> >> I'm a end user for FC4. The real problem I have is each time I want 
> >> try some program from CDs ou DVDs from magazines, they advise to 
> >> install with './configure' and 'make install'. Is there any other 
> >> possibility?
> >> TIA, Joao.
> >> _
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Never do this, though it is recommended. With the final comman "make 
> 
> "Never" is a very big word. There are quite a few bits of software
> which are not provided via RPMs.
Then package them as RPMs or find ways to make installing them
sufficiently safe not to corrupt your installation.

> > install" you might probably overwrite existing files which are neede by 
> > other applications.
> 
> Q: What is there about RPM which guarantees that this won't happen?
> A: Nothing.
Wrong. Unless doing something utterly stupid, in comparison to
"configure && make install", building RPMs is safe.

> >  From now on you can at any time run commands like
> > 
> > yum install xine*
> > 
> > which will install all packages for the xine videoplayer.
> 
> Please tell me where I can get a copy of GCC built as a
> cross-compiler for my new-fangled GRZ-BLATT 923 microcontroller
> available as a RPM.
_Your_ new one? Then build an rpm from it.

Ralf






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