A Suggestion For A Simple Package Manager

Frank Peters frank.peters at comcast.net
Wed Nov 19 20:46:31 PST 2008


On Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:15:32 +0100
"armencho at gmail.com" <armencho at gmail.com> wrote:

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

That may be the only problem.

The majority of packages, however, do include the DESTDIR variable.
For those small few that do not, using the "prefix" variable
usually works:

make prefix=/tmp-dir install

The suggestions made by the other poster may also work.

Sometimes the INSTALL or README file describes a special way
to install the files into a temporary directory for packaging
purposes (e.g. netpbm or HylaFAX).

But for those rare packages that don't follow the standard method,
a note sent to the author explaining the importance of including
DESTDIR may bring about a change.

FP




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