Re: Idea: a gui for automatic ./configure && make
- From: "Jeremy C. Reed" <reed reedmedia net>
- To: Francesco Montorsi <izio6631204 yahoo it>
- Cc: gnome-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Idea: a gui for automatic ./configure && make
- Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 12:08:49 -0800 (PST)
On Tue, 20 Dec 2005, Francesco Montorsi wrote:
as gnome user but more generally as linux user I continuosly have to
download source packages (I have learnt not to trust binary packages) and do
these repetitive things:
1) open a terminal
2) go to the folder where my browser puts downloaded files
3) tar -xvzf mydownloadedfile.tar.gz
4) ./configure && make && sudo make install
with a bit of luck everything goes well and I have the software installed.
After doing that steps for about 1000 times, I wonder: wouldn't it
*fantastic* to have a simple app with an icon on desktop where the user can
drag & drop source packages and then let that little utility to decompress
the file, run configure script and compile it ?
It would be very simple: it should handle drag & drops and eventually show
eventually the output log of the ./configure && make command if something
Does anyone knows if such utility already exists ?
I have not seen any utility like this.
I don't think it is worth it since you'd end up having to recreate a
packaging system -- complete with diffs, custom configuration args,
installation work-arounds, et cetera as it used more wide-spread.
As a packages framework and package developer, I have seen numerous source
downloads that install to their own desired locations, overwrite files,
destroy configurations, have out-dated or non-standard autoconf
./configure usage, etc.
Plus, you have to take "dependencies" in to consideration.
Jeremy C. Reed
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