On 27 Oct 2005, at 13:30, Sascha Ottolski wrote:
Look, it's all about how much risk you are willing to carry. I don't
like playing Russian Roulette with services that are supposed to be
highly available. And I don't want to have to waste a single thought
on problems that *might* develop if RedHat or their packagers decide
to do something to their Python or to Python add-ons I use. I also
prefer to do upgrades to these components on my own schedule, not
when someone else who has no idea about my various usage scenarios
thinks so.

hey, no offence, I absolutely see your point. it's just that I'm really curious about what practical problems people have seen, as we seem not to have any...and in my point of view, it's less to think about when I simply
stick to the packages that come with the OS :-)

For me that's true with pretty much every single package - apart from Zope and the Python that runs it. I would never advocate any strategy that leans heavily on the "build myself" side. That's just insane maintenance.

System packages should be used wherever possible (like Apache, etc). In cases where you have a better (or purpose-built) replacement for a system package then build a package that meshes with your system packaging and replaces the original. I've been building my own Squid and sometimes Postfix RPMs on many occasions.


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