[aur-general] advice wanted on "surf" package

Xavier shiningxc at gmail.com
Sun Sep 27 18:13:22 EDT 2009

On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 11:44 PM, Pierre Chapuis <catwell at archlinux.us> wrote:
> I always install everything with Pacman when I can because it can track the files in my system tree for me.

Don't get me wrong though :)
Just earlier today, I was arguing with a user who installed
imagemagick manually and who wanted to trick pacman into believing
imagemagick was installed, so that he could install inkscape. I just
told him he didn't understand the purpose of a package manager and
that he really had to make a package for his custom imagemagick.

I just make exceptions in extreme cases where :
- the application is configured by source
- it is actively developed and using latest code is fine or even recommended
- it installs two files (one binary and one man page)
- it isn't a dependency of anything else

Anyway I guess we could argue a long time on this subject. In the end,
it's a bit a matter of taste.

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