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Re: [OT] Re: Knocking Microsoft
From: Tim <tim-security () sentinelchicken org>
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 21:32:47 -0800


First of all, why would you do this?  Secondly, it won't work because the 
port will simply tell you that it's already installed and suggest you 
uninstall the previous version first.

Well, it didn't used to.  And if you HAVE to uninstall the old port
before compiling the new one... isn't that already broken?  How long
does it take to compile Apache?  You want your servers down that long?
Once again, I am going on old information, but back then, it was
rediculous how short-sighted some of the ports scripts were.

If you're going to use ports, you 
should use portupgrade to upgrade to new versions.

Yes, I have heard that helps.

Doesn't work too well.  Ever tried
maintaining systems with both ports and packages?

No, but why would you?  Choose one method or the other and stick with it.

That is what a good packaging/build system should provide.  I am not
saying any distribution has got the marriage of these two completely
right, but others are much further along.

I guess that's a matter of perspective.  I prefer compiling to using 
packages, because they're tailored to the system.  Packages are more 
"generic" by their very nature.

Sure, but if you don't want to suck every single machines' CPU & IO
every time you build world...  You just can't do that on loaded
production servers.

And who has a good system for maintaining large numbers of boxes?

Debian.

If you don't like the Linux kernel, try Debian GNU/NetBSD. ;-)

tim

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