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Re: Installing software without a package manager
Steven Pritchard <email@example.com> wrote:
> I think you missed my point.
Actually, I didn't.
> Installing *any* software without using your distribution's
> package management system is a Bad Idea.
And I agree with you.
Unfortunately, nVidia is providing software that is not 100%
redistributable. At the same time, it needs to target many
Now I'd love it if their installer packaged up a RPM, Deb, etc... of
its software in real-time from the script and installed it that way.
And I (among others) have made that suggestion many times to no
> Once you've installed something, nvidia drivers, perl modules
> straight from CPAN, anything using autopackage, whatever, you've
> compromised the integrity of your system.
Agreed, because it makes enterprise configuration management very
[ Although I would argue that the Perl-CPAN issue, among other
development (and not so much end-user) "systems" of code like Java,
Python, etc..., could be addressed far better with something like
Gentoo's portage. And a few RPM/Deb systems out there are starting
to agree with that, by using such a distribution tool _only_ for
such, self-contained development needs. ]
> Sooner or later, you *will* have problems as a result.
Which is why I repackage the nVidia driver/GLX into a RPM when I need
to roll it out en masse.
> Package managers are one of the things that make modern Linux (and
> some other Unix) systems so wonderfully managable. In this case, I
> also think it is a lot easier to install the nvidia stuff from
> rpm.livna.org instead of straight from nvidia.com, but that's just
> a bonus...
I've had so many issues with the Livna.ORG packages that I just do it
directly myself. Plus I don't have to wait on them.
Bryan J. Smith Professional, Technical Annoyance
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