[Slackbuilds-users] Package Build Issues

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Mon Feb 2 00:23:26 UTC 2009

On Sun, 1 Feb 2009, Robby Workman wrote:

> Based on the prior troubles you've had, I've noticed a common thread: all
> of them involved restoring stuff from a backup tape.  This is going to
> come across a bit "asshole-ish," and I'll go ahead and apologize in
> advance for that, but...  I think you need to reconsider the way you're
> doing things, as it's obviously not ideal.


   This has not been an issue from 8.0 through 11.0. Even the upgrades to
12.0 and 12.1 worked. So, if it's something I did on the upgrade to 12.2
then I really need to learn what is different. Over the years I have
restored from the backup tapes several times (new hard drives, change from
Red Hat-7.3 to Slackware-8.0) without any problems.

   How does restoring business applications from the backup tape affect
building libraries from souce? Am I supposed to rebuild LyX, PostgreSQL,
SQL-Ledger, and all the other applications I use for business because the
underlying distribution has been upgraded?

> I can only suggest two things:
> 1) upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new *everything*

   On both machines I ran
upgradepkg --install-new <everything>

> 2) if (1) fails, clean install

   I've done the latter at least 5 times.

> If (2) becomes necessary, DO NOT "restore" anything from a backup
> tape.

   Sorry. I cannot kill my business by not having applications and data

> If you find that you often need the same stuff on multiple systems
> (which seems to be the case), then either get a dedicated build box
> with a package set that's common to *all* of your other machines, build
> the stuff there, and save the packages somewhere for installation on
> the other systems.

   I've always upgraded my notebook first since it's not as critical as the
desktop. The upgrade from 12.1 to 12.2 worked just fine on the notebook. I
could not anticipate why it wouldn't work as smoothly on the desktop ...
just as the prior upgrades went smoothly on both machines.

   And apologies for posting on both lists.


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