A Suggestion For A Simple Package Manager

armencho at gmail.com armencho at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 16:15:32 PST 2008


What about packages with 'make install' scripts that do not respect
the DESTDIR variable?


On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 5:11 PM, Frank Peters <frank.peters at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hello LFS users,
> The easy management of installed software packages is always
> an important concern.  After compiling, the "make install" command
> does not help the user at all in knowing where the installed files
> are located.  The major Linux distributions have invented many types
> of package management schemes but most of those are very complex.
> The LFS user may find the following much simpler package manager,
> called treeutils, to be very useful:
> http://fly.srk.fer.hr/~edgy/treeutils/treeutils-latest.tar.gz
> Treeutils does not use any database and it depends only on bash
> and a few other basic utilities.  The usage is simple.  After
> compiling, a DESTDIR is specified:
> make DESTDIR=/tmp-dir install
> Then, from the DESTDIR directory, treeutils is invoked:
> insttree package-name
> This command will install all the files under the DESTDIR directory
> and also creates a text file as a permanent record of the installation.
> To see what is installed and where it is installed, the user just opens
> the record file in any text editor.  Since all the record files
> are kept in the same directory, a listing of this directly will
> neatly show every package that exists on a particular system.
> To remove a package, just issue the command:
> removetree package-name
> I use treeutils for every package on my system and I can
> quickly know everything about every installed file.
> With a bit of practice, using treeutils as part of the
> "configure && make && make install" becomes very natural.
> Also, because treeutils is a collection  of bash scripts,
> they each can be easily modified or customized to, for example,
> change the installation directories, etc.
> It is worth checking out.
> FP
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