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Re: pros/cons of installing from source

On Thu, May 03, 2007 at 04:47:16PM +0200, Joe Hart wrote:
> yag wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > I would like to know whether installing from source rather than from the
> > repositories has any advantage in terms of performance or something
> > else. I didn't notice any difference when comparing mplayer's behavior,
> > although compiling it myself gave me the choice of fine tuning the
> > available codecs as well as installing the very latest version, for
> > instance.
> In my experience, it is usually a lot simpler to install the Debian
> packages.  They have already been formatted to work properly with
> Debian, some of which are tweaked a bit for better compatibility.
> Sure, you can compile things yourself, but then you have to do all the
> dependency checking yourself (although most software comes with a
> configure script to do this, they don't install the missing
> dependencies) so sometimes you have to STFW for the right files and may
> need to compile those first.

apt-get build-dep <package>


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