Re: why robust --prefix=/any install is important

> Recently, I have tried installing:
>    glib-2.3.0 + pango-1.3.0 + gtk+-2.3.0
> (on my Gnu/Linux/Gentoo- Since I use my box
> not just for trying out new Gtk+ versions, I wanted to ensure 
> not to touch the working version of glib+Pango+Gtk I have.
> So I tried building and installing - not as user='root',
> and using --prefix=/home/local.
> Alas, after successfully hacking glib+Pango build, 
> with Gtk+ build, I encountered  problems
> (See:
> that I did not have the time to deal with.
> I really wanted to try the bidi-layout of the latest Pango, and may
> be, if I could, help in debugging. But it's just too time consuming to
> overcome configuration settings.
> Now to my main message.
>   The fact, that developing version of Gtk+ cannot be easily built
>   without interfering with existing system, limits the debugging effort
>   to those familiar with the details of build configuration.

You could try building it using jhbuild. 
Thats what I do to maintain several non-interfering builds of various
versions of gtk+ in different prefixes.


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