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Re: KDE Distros Poll

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____/ Gregory Shearman on Friday 26 Aug 2011 10:13 : \____

> On 2011-08-26, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> ____/ Homer on Thursday 25 Aug 2011 20:23 : \____
>>> Verily I say unto thee that Chris Ahlstrom spake thusly:
>>>> Gregory Shearman wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>>>>> You've got support for all these languages compiled into the binary
>>>>> if you don't tailor it to your own needs.
>>>>> Say it ain't so!
>>>> Are you sure those aren't just package dependencies?
>>> Each one of those language dependencies is in fact one of these XPI
>>> files:
>>> each language.
>>> So yes, they're external dependencies. However, not all applications
>>> handle language support in such a modular fashion, and "mainstream"
>>> distros (at least) tend to package-in non-optional support for all
>>> languages, leaving users to manually remove unneeded/unwanted files,
>>> or rebuild where necessary, e.g.:
>>> http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/rpminfo?rpmID=2660152
>>> This forces all Fedora users to install every Firefox language pack,
>>> whether they need it or not. Multiply that by every application with
>>> localisation support on one's system, and I think you can see the
>>> problem. And that's just language support.
>> Well, if you want, you can always compile from source on Fedora, just like
>> you do in Gentoo.
> No, not "just like you do in Gentoo".
> Compile from source on Gentoo?
> GentooPenguin# emerge <package>
> Done.
> Gentoo collects, compiles and installs all dependencies, handles all
> patches and compiles and installs the program safely, as PART OF THE
> Remove the package?
> GentooPenguin# emerge -C <package>
> Gentoo will remove the package safely.
> Want to get rid of the dependencies?
> GentooPenguin# emerge --depclean
> done.
> I've previously discussed how damned easy it is to update the whole
> system.
> Gentoo is the linux distribution for me. It's not for everyone.

Is there a mechanism similar to emerge readily available for other 
distros with the necessary repos? I hate wget, tar xf
gunzip ./configure && make && make install because sometimes it does
not work as expected. That's why I was sceptical of Gentoo.

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