Re: Maintaining the operating environment Questions:
On Fri, Jul 31, 1998 at 11:01:54AM -0400, Will Lowe wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Jul 1998, G. Kaplan wrote:
> > 3. a primary module i.e. .xyz.tar.gz
> Generally it's safest to untar, compile and install these with
> prefix=/usr/local ... debian packages won't touch anything under
> /usr/local, so nothing will get overwritten or anything. In general, a
> lot of stuff you compile from tarballs yourself has a default install
> under /usr/local.
With respect to 1. and 2., one has to be careful here.
Native Debian packages don't touch /usr/local, so it is safe to put local
add ons there (and this is the intended and formal correct place).
BUT inofficial *.deb files and *.rpm files converted with alien may very
well contain /usr/local files, please check this with the "--contents"
option prior installation.
I believe you can even convert tar files to deb files. This is intereting if
you want to make /usr/local managed by dpkg.
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