Need EASY for END-USER install of source code
Posted Aug 8, 2009 14:45 UTC (Sat) by dwheeler
In reply to: Ubuntu's multisearch surprise
Parent article: Ubuntu's multisearch surprise
I agree in principle that a source code install should work with the package manager (so that you can easily remove it later, upgrade, know what you're getting, etc.). And behind-the-scenes, the list of operations seems reasonable in principle.
But what is needed is a trivial point-and-click interface that auto-configures, makes, and installs (working with the distro package manager). One that works well enough automatically so that people don't NEED to read the README file to install it the "usual" way.
developers would simply follow the standard conventions for source distribution, this would work well; it'd be even easier with
software that would
automate DESTDIR (I intend to release software soon to do the latter).
That wouldn't solve all the problems (in particular, there need to
be conventions so that dependencies are downloaded and installed),
but that would help.
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