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Re: [Nmh-workers] What about an nmh-1.6-RC1

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] What about an nmh-1.6-RC1
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:48:22 -0400

>It took over four weeks for me to do this very easy task on our CentOS 6
>system. Fortunately, they had already installed some more modern
>compilation tools, but not all.
>1. Ask IT to install git. Go to CCB. Install.
>2. Compile, notice that a library is missing.
>3. Ask IT to install library. Go to CCB. Install.
>4. Go to 2.

We're in a tough spot here.  First, I'm looking over our library
dependency list ... it's should be pretty standard.  Well, there is that
whole Linux lossage about "development" libraries, but we can't really
help that.  I mean, if you look at the list, we should only depend on

- dbm
- termcap/termlib
- iconv (optional)
- readline (optional)

That's pretty basic.  I am surprised that you had to ask IT to install
that much extra stuff.  Now autoconf, well, the situation there is only
bad because some Linux distributions insist on only shipping super
out-of-date versions; again, not sure what we can do there.  We're glad to
provide snapshots that have all of the autotools stuff generated so you
don't at least need that, but we have no automated way to do that.


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