[CentOS] looking for cool, post-install things to do on a centos 5.5 system

m.roth at 5-cent.us m.roth at 5-cent.us
Fri Sep 17 15:15:21 EDT 2010


Les Mikesell wrote:
> On 9/17/2010 1:06 PM, Keith Roberts wrote:
<snip>
>> How to download, md5sum check, unpack, configure and
>> compile a GPL *.tar.gz package.
>>
>> As SysAdmin that's something they will need to do sooner or
>> later :)
>
> But it's much more important to know all the reasons *not* to do that
> except as a last resort.  Reasons that someone who has had to maintain
> and update such things for decades will know that won't occur to an
> inexperienced beginner.  You can summarize by saying "yum update is a
> lot easier".

Excerpt when a user comes to you and asks you to install a package for
which there isn't any rpm... or, for that matter, when you're force to use
CPAN to install a module for which there's no .rpm, and then the build
fails, but works if you cd into /root/.cpan/BUILD/<pgmsource> and make....

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