YUI 2.4.0

Jochen Wiedmann jochen.wiedmann at gmail.com
Fri Dec 7 07:14:31 UTC 2007

On Dec 6, 2007 10:44 PM, Gervase Markham <gerv at mozilla.org> wrote:

> Can we nail down a bit more who has problems? At least on Ubuntu, I just
> have to install the right packages. It's as easy as anything else.

As you guess, these problems aren't present on a modern Linux
distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora, in which case I simply ask
Synapse, or Yum, to install the corresponding packages. They are
typically present in a closed environment: Commercial Unix system
(AIX, Solaris, HP/UX), no Internet access, no or (even worse)
partially installed open source stuff.

In that case, you need to install GD itself and the matching perl
modules. That wouldn't be a problem, if they are basically upwards
compatible, or would offer to use a command line interface (aka
external binaries).

Unfortunately, that's not the case. The perl modules are tightly
coupled to a particular version of GD. It is more usual than unusual
that you'll experience compile time problems of all sorts. I can't
describe particular problems (because they change over the time), but,
please, believe me, that I am a very experienced person regarding
installation of C programs and Perl modules, but decided more than
once, that it wouldn't be worth the hazzle to continue. Instead, I
told the customer to live without GD. (Which he usually did and does.)

However, I am basically sure that if *I* find some problems difficult,
then Joe Average Bugzilla Installer will find it too.


Look, that's why there's rules, understand? So that you think before
you break 'em.

    -- (Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time)

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