Re: Source Builds
Tom Allison <email@example.com> writes:
> Is there a link that describes how to go about building packages from
> the deb-src files and how I might identify packages for source build
Modify the source as you feel appropriate, add a new entry to the top
of debian/changelog, and run 'debuild' out of the devscripts package.
Read documentation on http://www.debian.org/devel/.
> An example might be to change XFree and my Window Manager to
> compiled packages to take advantage of the chipset graphics
I don't think recompiling either of these will have any useful effects
for you. Your window manager doesn't communicate directly with the
hardware at all; it even isn't necessarily running on the same machine
as the graphics card. While the X server does communicate with the
hardware, how it does so is written into the source code; the C
compiler doesn't know anything about your graphics hardware. So if
you had a custom driver for a strange graphics card, this might be a
useful approach, but otherwise, this is pretty much wasted effort.
ObGentoo: except in limited cases involving computationally intensive
processing (linear algebra, crypto), recompilation doesn't seem to
actually give much in terms of a performance boost. Where it does
make a difference, Debian supplies processor-specific libraries and
binaries. If you have actual numbers demonstrating otherwise, please
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