On Sun 28 Jun 2009 at 16:10:51 PDT Michael Powell wrote:
On Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM, Michael Powell<nightre...@verizon.net>
company policy not too use ports, any other suggestions?
Change this company policy as it is unproductive. Sounds like something
implemented by those lacking experience with FreeBSD.
The time port maintainers have spent developing patch sets that ensure an
easy build and install is not being leveraged. The time you spend developing
your own workarounds to build software with the various autotools is more
waste, you are duplicating efforts already made by others. The amount of
time and effort you will spend when it comes time to update is effort
wasted, because now you are duplicating the efforts of others yet *again*.
If the company policy is dictated by people who have no concept of how to
manage efficient man-hour usage, and who will not listen when others have
superior suggestions, your company has other problems besides it's lack of
knowledge concerning FreeBSD.
If management refuses to listen to reason, you can still benefit from
the efforts of the port maintainers by studying their makefiles and
patches. Their stuff builds and installs correctly, or it would never
have been committed into the portstree.
It's probably a lot easier to understand the FreeBSD porting system than
it is to understand the autotools suite. ;-)
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