Problems with getting stuff working

peter.wood at peter.wood at
Sat Sep 9 00:42:59 PDT 2000

On Fri, Sep 08, 2000 at 04:30:42PM -0400, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
> On Fri, 08 Sep 2000, you wrote:
> > This is my little "hint" contribution.  I assume that this can be used
> > however deemed fit.  I have found that when I am having problems getting
> > certain applications to compile or need to figure out settings for
> > certain packages, I go to slackware.  To be a bit more specific,
> >  Grabbing source tarballs from there seems to be a
> > bit more beneficial to me.  I had one hell of a time trying to get X
> > compiled on my system, until I went and got the source from the
> > slackware-current tree.  It had a couple diffs in it which changed some
> > of the configuration files in the xc/config/cf directory which I wasn't
> > configuring correctly.  Now, I have a perfectly working X.  I cannot
> > remember who it was offhand, but one person had mentioned having trouble
> > compiling elvis.  I also wanted to use elvis rather than vim, so I
> > grabbed the slack setup and ran the SlackBuild script (after checking it
> > out for any changes I wanted to make) and voila!
> As long as you know what slackware did to the sources it can be a nice aid 
> yes. 


I do the same with debian stuff.  They have a .orig.tar.gz file and a debian
diff.  It's easy to tailor the diff file so debian specific files do not get
installed.  I have got lots of things to compile using debian's diffs, which
would not otherwise.


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