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Old 02-16-2007, 06:42 PM   #1
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Updating packages built from source


I have built and installed many packages from source, but am afraid I am almost completely ignorant as to how to best upgrade them...I have done many searches and really don't find much (which makes me think...). I will gratefully accept links to how-to's or other docs. RPM makes this easy, but there are certain packages I must build... on a similar note, what is the procedure to uninstall a package built from source?

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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I use this neat little program called InstallWatch to keep track of everything a package installs. Here's a link to the latest tarball http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/check...h-0.6.3.tar.gz. It is also used by a program called CheckInstall (IIRC) that will allow you to create rpm, deb, and tgz's of what you build.

I run a CLFS box most of the time (no package manager) and use InstallWatch all by itself to create log files in /var/log/CBLFS. I then have a couple of homegrown scripts. One cleans up the InstallWatch generated file and the other uses this information to remove all the files if I want. This approach doesn't take care of dependencies. I use an OOo spreadsheet for that!

Upgrading depends on the scope of the upgrade, IMO. "Big" upgrades like GNOME-2.14 to GNOME-2.16 requires a different strategy than upgrading appres-1.0.0 to appres-1.0.1. I install GNOME-2.14 in /opt/gnome-2.14 and make /opt/gnome a symlink to that directory. GNOME-2.16 then goes into /opt/gnome-2.16 and the symlink is changed. With my high-tech spreadsheet-based dependency tracker, I can figure out what apps depend on GNOME components and then rebuild them against the new GNOME stuff. Usually, I just wait until it pukes and then think, "Oh, yeah, I've got a new version of GNOME."
 
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Usually, I just wait until it pukes and then think, "Oh, yeah, I've got a new version of GNOME."


As for uninstalling, check the readme - yes all of them. Hopefully the makefile has a stanza(s) to do cleanup/delete. And of course they're all (potentially) different.
 
Old 02-16-2007, 09:37 PM   #4
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Most packages will also come with an UPGRADE file in the tarball (or something similar). I've found some of these to be very useful through to a waste of electricity in displaying
 
Old 02-17-2007, 02:03 PM   #5
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I then have a couple of homegrown scripts. One cleans up the InstallWatch generated file and the other uses this information to remove all the files if I want.
Would you share your scripts? And thanks for the excellent answer.

Oh, I read the README for checkinstall and am a little unclear... does it actually incorporate installwatch in it's code or does installwatch need to be installed seperately?

-AL

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Old 02-19-2007, 11:49 AM   #6
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I don't use CheckInstall, so I really don't know how it uses InstallWatch.

Here is a tarball with my scripts...
http://webpages.charter.net/weibullg...ch-0.2.tar.bz2
 
Old 02-20-2007, 05:22 AM   #7
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Here is a tarball with my scripts...
Thanks for sharing this.

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