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Old 07-23-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
mandrakethepenguin
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Smile Anybody know a distro that is easy to recompile?


I am looking for a distro that I can recompile with optimized CFLAGS. I really like Ubuntu, but everything is compiled with "-g -O" and that isn't very speedy. It doesn't have an /etc/make.conf, and GCC wrappers don't work. I wanted an optimized build of Firefox, and it took me forever to figure out how to bypass the dpkg-buildpackage's default CFLAGs. I had to add them to the configure line of the debian/rules file in the SRC package. I don't want to use Gentoo though, I don't want to mess with the USE flags, I'm too scared I will set the wrong one, or I'll forget one when installing GNOME or something huge like OO.o, and have to recompile that whole thing. I really liked FreeBSD, but all the desktop software was like it was messily hacked together and everything kept crashing + no flash9, and I think it ignored my CFLAGS. I notice a huge speed increase with the CFLAGS on my 2.93 GHz Prescott. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
 
Old 07-23-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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Sounds like you need Gentoo. There's a very easy to follow handbook which will walk you through the initial install and other guidance on the site to install X and a DE, etc. Gentoo makes use of USE flags and everything is compiled for your PC.
 
Old 07-23-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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I was afraid you'd say that.
I guess I could give it another go...
 
Old 07-23-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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Basically "set and forget" - you can override for particular products, but I found it rarely necessary.
Some ebuilds will ignore what you set anyway - again, I never found it necessary to fight the devs on this.
 
Old 07-23-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
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Gentoo, if you want to do it in one shot, or Slackware, if you like doing it in pieces.

Last edited by Hendronicus; 11-14-2008 at 01:21 PM.
 
Old 07-26-2008, 10:11 AM   #6
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There is also SourceMage. I think it a little easier to setup then gentoo.
 
Old 07-26-2008, 10:14 AM   #7
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double post.
 
  


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