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Re: Imported io-lib, a Staden library

On 9 Jul 2008, at 8:25 am, Charles Plessy wrote:

Le Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 07:08:12AM +0100, Tim Cutts a écrit :

1)  Frequently, different groups in the Institute want different
versions of the same program to be available, which is hard if we use
packaged versions.

Hi all,

this is a very good point. Actually, the situation is similar in my
workplace: we have servers (that unfortunately run CentOS) on which the minimum is installed, and everybody compiles what he needs. A tremedous
improvement to this situation would be to improve apt so that it can
call dpkg with its --root option. Then users would be able to install
packaged software in their directory with correct handling of the

Even that doesn't work perfectly - as soon as you do dpkg --root you lose dependencies on the system libraries, which could be very important (for example staden will probably have quite a tight dependency on the precise version of tk installed)


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