Re: [dev] Suckless (*NIX|*BSD) Distribution?

From: Thomas Gallen <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:02:38 -0400

Are you referring to manual installation of packages or using the
package management system to install packages in alternate locations? If
it's the latter:
(Though I admit I do the former so I can't say I've tried these.)

If it's the former though, I've always just created a directory
somewhere as a sandbox and created a file in /etc/env.d to set up my
path, library locations, etc.

I don't know how apt and friends handle alternate installation
directories so I can't comment on them. However, from what I hear,
installing packages in alternate directories does appear to be a
place where Gentoo's portage has fumbled.


On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 09:38:31AM -0400, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 4:49 AM, Paul Malherbe<> wrote:
> > I totally agree with your comments. I have been using gentoo in corporate
> > environments for the past 5 years mainly as servers but also as desktop
> > systems and yet have to find another distro to compare with its flexibility
> > and package management.
> I'm using Ubuntu on my laptop, and I'm experimenting with Gentoo on my
> desktop. My only issue with Gentoo is that often I find the regular
> upgrades somewhat painful, requiring too much intimate knowledge of
> the software involved.
> For customization in Ubuntu or Debian, I find it simple enough to grab
> tarballs and build them in custom locations. I've actually had more
> problems doing this in Gentoo, which is odd since Gentoo is
> source-based.
> As a busy father of two, I find I often just can't keep up with the
> changes in the Gentoo world. I only have so much time, and sysadmining
> my boxes should be a small part of my day, not a full-time job.
> Mike
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