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

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 16:01:17 EDT 2010

On 9/17/2010 2:15 PM, m.roth at 5-cent.us 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".
> 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....

Agreed that it's good to know how - but 'there isn't any rpm' should 
really mean there isn't any rpm at any well-maintained location, not 
just in the base system or that you didn't bother to look.  Every time 
you build something yourself you are taking on the job of maintaining it 
forever and probably leaving people in a lurch when you leave and 
someone else has to figure out what non-standard things you did.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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