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Old 03-19-2005, 11:17 PM   #1
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LAMP on Slackware;Use pkgtool or compile?


I used Red Hat before for 3 years and turn to Slackware last year because the version of rpm is not up-to-date and the support of "Red Hat" was terminated.Anyway,back to the problem.I want to set up LAMP on Slackware like everyone does.However,I am thinking whether I should compile them myself or get the package from and manage by pkgtool.

It is quite easy for me to compile AMP on Linux as I follow the tutorial.But with update software in mind,I doubt that is it very difficult to update them if compare with pkgtool?Yeah,if I use pkgtool to manage them,how about the compilation parameters?Like PDF support,graphic support and link with my existing MySQL.

Please explain these doubts from me because I used RPM very often before.
My experience on Slackware is very short.

Thanks a lot.
Old 03-20-2005, 06:49 AM   #2
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When setting up my server, I did it all from source. My reasoning was simple: the packages are not always up to date, and do not always have the options I want enabled. I also want to be able to have a standard install location for webservers, so my Apache/MySQL/PHP were all installed from source.

If you're running a generic server, a generic package will probably do you just fine. The compile can take a long time, particularly for MySQL.T he updated packages will have the same configuration options as older packages. You can even check what options PHP was compiled with (that's what matters for PDF, Graphics, etc. support) using the phpinfo() function. If you're used to binary distributions, then go with the packages.

Oh, and RPM sucks.
Old 03-20-2005, 10:45 AM   #3
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I just install from source as well. You just have to regularly check for updates which shouldn't be so tedious because when updates are announed to AMP, it seems like its always news worthy stuff, so you won't miss out.


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