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

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 14:56:37 EDT 2010

On 9/17/2010 1:21 PM, Keith Roberts wrote:
>>> 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".
> Of course.
> But what if they want/need to install a package that is not
> available in any of the repos? Maybe even just for
> testing purposes?

Yes, that's where the 'last resort' comes in...  But you are right, you 
should also know how to build things that live in /usr/local or under 
your home directory.  Sometimes there are special purpose needs for 
things that don't exist as rpms yet or you need concurrent access to 
different versions.  And I'm sure someone will add that you should also 
know how to build your own rpm if I don't mention it, but that can be 
non-trivial compared to just staying out of the way of the 
system-managed space.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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