user package hint & gnome-panel

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 14:03:50 PDT 2005


On 8/31/05, David Ciecierski <davidcie at klub.chip.pl> wrote:
> Hello again,
> as you can see in the topic I'm following "The Hint"... and can't cope
> with installing gnome-panel anymore. Could someone please post how they
> did this? My install continues to fail badly.

I know you've already invested quite a bit of time into package users,
but I'm just gonna throw out a package manager that's in the hints
that I use and I like a lot.  It's called paco by David Rosal
http://paco.sourceforge.net/.  It's designed to handle source
installation, so it's easy to use.  The gist of it is this: you just
wrap your commands with paco, it uses LD_PRELOAD to attach itself and
reports any files that have been added to the package name you
specify.

Here's an example.  You've got package test-1.2.3.
./configure
make
paco -l -p test-1.2.3 "make install"

Not too bad.  Then to see what's installed:
paco -f test-1.2.3
To remove:
paco -r test-1.2.3

It tracks shared files and won't remove them unless you force it. 
Nice, simple, don't have to write a spec file, etc.  There's a gtk2
front end as well to view your logged packages, but obviously this is
down the road if you're starting from scratch.  I installed it as the
first package in Ch. 6 and haven't had a problem with it once.  Also,
there are a lot more clever options, but the ones above simply get it
done.

Check it out.

Dan



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