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

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 17:06:16 EDT 2010

On 9/17/2010 3:30 PM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> All I'm saying is that it often turns out to be a whole lot more work
>> than the initial 'configure, make, make install', so you either have to
>> train the users to do their own copies in their own space so it will
>> scale, or be very careful about how much of this you take on.  And I'm
>> saying this from experience.  It's not much different from writing your
>> own code where the initial cut is about 10% of the work of maintaining
>> it - and if the upstream project goes away or takes a direction not
>> compatible with your use, that's where you end up anyway.
> Having spent far more of my career as a software person, let me say that
> what I've installed not from rpms or other packages has been nowhere near
> as much work as writing it... esp. when you factor in creature feep, er,
> feature creep, and "oh, I meant this, not *that*...."

I think it is pretty hard to draw a line between code and custom 
configuration and what you have to do to keep them working as other 
things change.  For example I once ran smail with some custom tweaks to 
work with binary attachments from a proprietary (AT&T) PC mail program 
and uucp. And some glue between that, hylafax, and a custom print 
spooler.  They were, ummm, non-trivial to keep working over a period of 
several years, especially when smail sort of disappeared.  But that was 
back before there were packaged versions of much of anything and you 
couldn't even count on updates to compile.  The code that I controlled 
directly wasn't quite the same kind of problem.

If you have different users needing these things on the same machine you 
must at least have run into situations where someone needs one version 
of a CPAN module or a new php/python/mysql version when at the same time 
someone else is running something that won't work with it.

You might have run into the CPAN issue if you installed something like 
RT in the Centos 4 era.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com

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