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____/ Homer on Wednesday 24 Aug 2011 14:10 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee that Gregory Shearman spake thusly:
>> Do you know any gentooers? Ask them how many times a package "doesn't
>> compile correctly". Not very bloody often. It *does* happen every now
>> and then but there's an *excellent* community available to help.
> IME build failure occurs in Gentoo about as often (or even less often)
> as /runtime/ failures in binary packages supplied by other distros (e.g
> segfaults), which is to say ... very rarely.
> Indeed one usually finds the reason for those runtime errors in other
> distros is specifically because their corresponding sources would also
> fail to build locally (e.g. dependency issues).
> At least with source-based distros the mechanism to support and fix that
> yourself is a something users are well prepared for. It's also possible
> on binary distros, of course, but requires installing and setting up a
> toolchain and build environment that isn't usually part of the default
> install, then manually discovering and installing build dependencies
> (tools like yum-builddep can help there though).
> But again, in practice, neither solution is required very often. At
> least Free Software has that option though, unlike proprietary blobs
> that either work or ... don't, and that's what you're stuck with.
For distros with binary builds and repos it is also possible to just get the
source code of a 'broken' package. I just think it's simpler to get
something which gets installed quickly, almost as quickly as copying a file
over the network.
I haven't seen any package breakage in Debian... yet. (unlike Ubuntu and more
~~ Best of wishes
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