[Slackbuilds-users] Slackbuild side-effects?

Eric Hameleers eha at alienbase.nl
Sat Apr 3 21:13:24 UTC 2010

On Sat, 3 Apr 2010, Donald Allen wrote:

>> From the slackwiki slackbuilds page: "SlackBuild scripts are simple
> shell scripts which can automate the compiling and packaging of a
> program from source." From this statement and since the output of
> running a SlackBuild script is a Slackware package, I assumed that
> once a package is built on one machine, it could be installed on other
> like machines. That appears not to be the case, at least for gnucash.
> I generated a gnucash package on one x86_64 machine and once installed
> on that machine, it works properly. However, on another x86_64
> machine, after installing the packages on which it depends (in the
> order specified), I installed the gnucash package built on the
> original machine, and gnucash does not run. I get
> ERROR: In procedure open-file:
> ERROR: Permission denied: "/usr/share/guile/1.8/slibcat"
> The error message is misleading, in that the file is missing, so not a
> permission problem.
> I then re-ran the gnucash.SlackBuild on this second machine and
> installed the resulting package again, and now gnucash works. So it
> appears that there is at least one (perhaps more) side-effect of
> running the SlackBuild script that is essential to the proper
> installation of the program. In other words, just installing the
> package isn't sufficient. This seems wrong and perhaps a bug in the
> gnucash script, although I may have the wrong impression of the
> function of these scripts and their resulting packages (though the
> sentence I quote above talks about "compiling and packaging", not
> installing, leading one to believe that there's a clean separation --
> compiling and packaging is the job of the SlackBuild script,
> installation is the job of the resulting package).
> /Don

This would indeed be a bug in the SlackBuild script if it fails to add all 
installed and required files to the package.

I have never built gnucash so I can not comment further, but I assume that 
the script's author (Vincent Batts) will have a look at your issue.


Eric Hameleers
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