[hobbit] red conn lights in xymon

Ryan Novosielski novosirj at umdnj.edu
Wed May 5 20:09:55 CEST 2010

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I find compiling from source to be a considerable waste of time. In a
scenario where I have none of the dependencies for Xymon, that means
compiling each and every one of them (sometimes finding that you're
missing a dependency whilst trying to compile another dependency). Also,
you're left either putting everything in one directory, or having a
complicated FHS-style install where it's basically impossible to go back
and remove it should you want to later. Also, you're generally stuck
patching your own software, which is also a hassle.

I tend to get the feeling that the "from source" people are either
old-fashioned (not a bad thing, just a way of doing things that perhaps
used to be more necessary) or must have staffing levels way above mine.
I certainly would say that one should know HOW to compile from source in
a pinch, but that it's really just not necessary on many platforms.

Jerald Sheets wrote:
> Interesting...  I'd do it no other way than use source.  
> Amazing how all our experiences formulate not only our IT "world view"
> but our practices as well.
> Off topic, but I found it interesting nonetheless.  
> Carry on.  :-)
> ---
> Jerald M. Sheets jr.
> On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Buchan Milne
> <bgmilne at staff.telkomsa.net <mailto:bgmilne at staff.telkomsa.net>> wrote:
>     IMHO, using packages makes a lot more sense than compiling from
>     source ...

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