Things I cant understand

Rick Stevens ricks at
Mon Oct 10 21:36:28 UTC 2011

On 10/10/2011 02:21 PM, Joe Zeff wrote:
> On 10/10/2011 01:41 PM, Rick Stevens wrote:
>> You should have just done a "yum install libpcap-devel" to get libpcap.
>> There's no need to install from a tarball--libpcap has been in Fedora's
>> repos for a LONG time.
> And, AIUI, yum only checks its own database to see what's installed, 
> which is why it didn't know about it being there.

Yes it does, but that wasn't the issue.  There are other things that
most RPMs (devel RPMs that is) do, such as update pkg-info databases,
cause ldconfig updates and other goodies that a lot of "make install"s
from tarballs don't do.  The pkg-config bit is important...that database
is what many "./configure" scripts look at to see if the needed library
is there.
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