A Suggestion For A Simple Package Manager

Frank Peters frank.peters at comcast.net
Wed Mar 18 13:56:37 PDT 2009

On Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:46:08 -0500
Tushar Teredesai <tushar at linuxfromscratch.org> wrote:

> Because that goes against the Unix developer mentality. Providing an
> "checkinstall" style functionality is not the purpose of make.
> According to the man page: "The purpose of the make utility is to
> determine automatically which pieces of a large program need to be
> recompiled, and issue the commands to recompile them."

Well, the make program *does* indicate where each file has been
installed.  If you examine the console output of make, all
the install information is there but it is mixed in with all
sorts of other messages.  It would be possible to redirect
the make output to a text file and then edit the file to remove
all the extraneous messages and thereby produce a usable install

A very useful addition, IMO, to the make program would be
to automatically redirect just the install information to a file
as an option.  This should not be too difficult to accomplish
but it may have to done along with the other build utilities
such as autoconf, automake, etc.

Frank Peters

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