[Slackbuilds-users] Package Build Issues -- RESOLVED!!

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Mon Feb 2 04:06:17 UTC 2009

On Sun, 1 Feb 2009, Robby Workman wrote:

> I didn't take any offense to anything you said, but even if I had, there's
> no need to apologize to me - you're understandably under some stress
> because of all this, and so long as a person doesn't delve into personal
> attacks, I'll not get offended and/or hold grudges.

   Thank you.

> The biggest concern I have is trying to get you to see that your backup
> and restore practice is a big part of the problem, and I just don't see a
> good way to do that without *me* being, or at least coming across as,
> harsh.

   This is the first time a Slackware upgrade caused me any problems at all.
Totally unexpected.

   It turns out that the /usr/local/lib restore from the backup tape placed
libfreetype-3.6.8 on the disk and that was in addition to the 3.6.18
installed with -12.2. As soon as I removed the earlier (vintage 2005)
libraries, everything built with the SlackBuild scripts.

   The first 4 days the system was down I tried re-installing 12.1 (the
distribution that worked), but there was still something broken because I
could not get that working at all. It was Friday a week ago that my SysAdmin
friend agreed that another 12.1 install was futile and I might as well go to
12.2. That booted with the huge kernel, but not the generic one. Then I
carelessly deleted some files from /etc/ and restoring from tape into that
directory was the cause of last week's problems. So I tried to restore to a
clean 12.1 distribution installation, but it just refused to work.

   Now everything is stable, current, and working with the kernel and I can focus on my business for a while.

   I greatly appreciate the help all of you offered. When I saw the two
library versions it brought back the memory of the same thing happening with
early Red Hat distribution upgrades. But, that was so long ago I had totally
forgotten about it.

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all of you,


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