Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Aug 2008 23:33 UTC, submitted by Charles Wilson
Editorial GoboLinux is a distribution which sports a different file system structure than 'ordinary' Linux distributions. In order to remain compatible with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, symbolic links are used to map the GoboLinux tree to standard UNIX directories. A post in the GoboLinux forums suggested that it might be better to turn the concept around: retain the FHS, and then use symbolic links to map the GoboLinux tree on top of it. This sparked some interesting discussion. Read on for more details.
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RE[4]: Do we care? Really?
by ichi on Tue 19th Aug 2008 11:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Do we care? Really?"
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Do you get automatic entries in your desktop environment's menu for those two Firefoxes? Or do you have to manually create .desktop files and add them to the menu yourself? Does your package manager know you have two versions of Firefox installed, and does it keep both of them up-to-date? Or do you have to do that manually? Does it work for other programs too?

If I use slots then it does.
If I install manually on my home then it obviously does not (well, firefox updates itself, but that's unrelated).
Then again the point of installing two versions is testing, not day to day usage.

Regarding .desktop files, I don't think I've ever created one of those manually.

So, for one application you install it manually in your home directory, and for another package you have to resort to specifically creating binary packages manually, install them, and then remove them once you're done?

No, I quickpkg the old version and then update the app.
I would quickpkg any app I'm messing with anyway, more so if it's svn stuff.
It's not any more manual than just installing an app, as you can tell portage to do it at the same time.

Firefox autoupdates itself, so I don't care if a test version is being tracked by the package manager or not.

And well, I'll obviusly end removing the version I'm testing if I won't be using it. What would be the point of keeping it?

Can you run several binary Gentoo packages created with quickpkg side-by-side? Can your package manager keep track of both of them?

Sure, that's what slots are for. It doesn't matter wether they are binary packages or not, just the package versions.

Yeah, real elegant. Another case of massive band-aids and patchwork instead of an elegant design that took all of these features into account from day one. Anything but easy.

I find it quite convenient. And easy.
Whatever floats your boat.

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