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Re: [MiNT] old KGMD or new NMD?

> On Fri, Feb 05, 1999 at 05:42:57PM +0100, Konrad Kokoszkiewicz wrote:
> > Almost any port for any distribution for any Unix results with diff files.
> > Don't think you'll get rid of them.
> If we get autoconf etc. to support MinT, many major packages should compile
> without and patches, provided we use standard paths.

Autoconf can change anything, including the paths. Actually, I compiled
ircd some time ago and it was only the question of tuning the config.h.
But well, this was running a REAL autoconf, which actually didn't rely on
user input, but tested the systems features extensively.

Anyways, as I said some time before, I'll accomodate to the majority.
I expressed my point and may accept an opinion that the change will not be
so critically dangerous for consistency of MiNT setups, as I initially was
thinking. But still, I'll personally keep my KGMD as long as possible,
just there;s currently no point to fix it (it = this particular setup,
i.e. mine).
> > >    b) start with a distribution that is up-to-date and fully functional.
> > 
> > But non-standard. And you now exspect (I already told you that once) that
> Um - no. The old KGND is non-standard by todays definition of standard.

"todays" maybe. I must admit that should write rather "unusual" than
> > way. So, if we loose compatibility between MiNT setups, a mess will be
> > made without any rational reason (because, as I did explain my point,
> > changing FS structure just because someone calls it "obsolete", is not
> > rational).
> The only place I see where the FS layout will cause problems to old binaries
> should be fixable with symlinks.

I wish i was always so optimistic.
> > Yeah. In worst case, this will require recompiling almost all the existing
> > software. And look at the FTP servers: PIWO has over 200 MB of MiNT stuff
> Which is a good thing, because it makes sure that current libraries are used,
> and that the software *does* compile at all on a current system.
> > in tar.gz files (guess about 0.5 gig after unpacking). Will you recompile
> > all that? And so, will FTP servers keep same stuff twice, just because
> > "pppd for KGMD" and "pppd for NMD" has differ with 1 hardcoded pathname?
> > This is pure waste of time and disk space.
> A distribution will have to include all standard packages, so that you can
> install it without problems - I would not want to have to search for 100
> single packages, whcih are located on different servers, in order to install
> my system - I want a distribution somewhere which I can download and
> install.

I didn't mean distribution packages, this is not a problem to keep as many
distributions as we like (PIWO has almost empty disk). I mean keeping the
ports of addons twice or more, like:

pine-7.35-beta-YAMD.tar.gz (yet another mint distr...)


But anyways, I'll accomodate to the majority.

Konrad M.Kokoszkiewicz
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