Re: Are we losing users to Gentoo?
On Wed, Nov 20, 2002 at 08:50:32PM +1100, Andrew Lau wrote:
> Silly, perhaps, but it still conveys the message that the
> Gentoo user is in control. Do the cutting edge enthusiasts in Debian
> have the same amount of control? Have we become so complacent at
> believing that since we have the some of the strictest policies and
> heaviest bug resolution/testing procedures around that we're the best
> distribution around that we no longer need to seek improvements?
Users can already build packages from source with the greatest of ease. The
corresponding (missing) functionality in Debian would be a standardized and
universally recognized way to pass compiler flags and the like into the
package build process.
...given a facility corresponding to these:
Arguments to pass to configure script. Defaults are empty,
except for gnu-style configure, where prefix and sysconfdir
Basic environment passed to configure script (path and
libtool setup). gnu-style configure adds a lot more vari-
plus a mandate that all debian/rules honour inherited CFLAGS, CXXFLAGS and the
like, this would become trivial.
But is it worthwhile?