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apt-get source <package>


I have a question.  I normally use 

  apt-get install <package> 

to install any package on my system.  Now I have seen how you can use

   apt-get source <package>

and then compile it own your own machine.  Now what I was wondering,
is there an advantage to doing this?  If so, what is it, and how much
of an advantage is it.  Also, is there a script of a program that will
run an update, see which packages I need updated, download them, build
them, and then install them?  If there isn't maybe I will start a
project that will accoomplish this.

Looking forward to your answers,


Erik Mathisen <erik@mathisen.us>
If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their
feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? 
        --Steven Wright

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