[kwlug-disc] topic request

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sat May 1 11:09:36 EDT 2010

Break it out like LAMP / Apache tuning / MySQL has been?

If there are differences between building the kernel on Debian vs. 
CentOS, given the original message, and by merely deleting a .o makes 
demoing viable, then there is some value to that.

Same thing, given past list discussions about maintaining (using 
repos) with apt-get (or your favourite, aptitude, synaptic, kpackagit, 
adept-manager) and rpm. There is value to discussing and contrasting. 
Especially as I suspect we all need to be aware of these two major 
flavours, to at least some extent.

And there is value to what you say, wherein package manipulation (?) 
segues into package creation. Be it on either flavour.

But I do think these are 3 separate things, especially as early brain 
saturation will probably be an issue.

I don't disagree that these are large and viable topics. And that 
there is value in discussing and contrasting the flavours. But my 
guess is that combining the last two topics, even for a single OS, 
isn't viable.

But what do I know, I'm no expert. I don't think I even qualify for 
higher than a beginner.

Bob Jonkman wrote, On 05/01/2010 10:53 AM:
> I was thinking of an entire evening dedicated to dpkg and it sisters and 
> its cousins and its aunts.
> On Sat, 01 May 2010 at 9:55, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote 
> about Re: [kwlug-disc] topic request:
>> Bob Jonkman wrote, On 05/01/2010 2:09 AM:
>>> >But not, I think, very low level dpkg tools?
>>> I only know 'dpkg -l' and recently learned that 'dpkg-reconfigure' 
>>> exists. Or is that 'dpkg -reconfigure'?  So yes, yet another session 
>>> on low level dpkg tools would be nice.
>> I disagree, it would blow time out of the water. This would become 
>> multi-meeting, like 3.
>> dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg (?) isn't an unavoided standard in your 
>> world? (And it's about the only one I know / use.) (-:
>>> And also, when should I use Synaptic vs. Ubuntu Software Centre?
>> Personal preference / when you are choosing computer roles, not 
>> packages. (?)
>>> Aptitude vs. dselect?  Does a package not from a respository 
>>> installed with gdebi still play nicely with dependencies?  Inquiring 
>>> mind wants to know.  (And should someone respond to these questions 
>>> on-list, I'll need reminding at a meeting in a few months anyway)
>> That actually would be coverable at this high level.
>> Part of where I was coming from is, there's a whole lot of stuff to 
>> surrounding an executable such that it can become a package. Not sure 
>> how much time there would be for such in one session, before 
>> saturation hits. Especially if the session is split between Debian and 
>> CentOS.
>>> On Fri, 30 Apr 2010 at 23:22, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote 
>>> about Re: [kwlug-disc] topic request:
>>>> Different issues, I think, best dealt with separately.
>>>> But definitely a worthy issue.
>>>> Given threads in the list, it would be interesting to see a similarly
>>>> split presentation - one on both 'OS's, and a second on the two
>>>> package management 'tasks'.
>>>> I wouldn't want too deep a dive on either one though. e.g. OS', first
>>>> stop, is people often need headers to compile against the kernel,
>>>> etc., etc. Next might be a kernel module (e.g. dazuko/compatibility).
>>>> Next could be the kernel itself. [To nod to Bob on his past
>>>> presentation, device drivers get in here too.] Then perhaps a trivial
>>>> kernel mod.
>>>>     Also in here, but perhaps making things too complex, is 
>>>> following the
>>>> messages that appear on screen, which is doing what, which are/n't
>>>> kernel related, etc.
>>>> Same 'higher' level on package management - system software
>>>> maintenance steps: apt-get (aptitude?) mechanics, then rpm mechanics.
>>>> Perhaps, both, to wrapping something up to give to someone else, or to
>>>> send up to a repository. But not, I think, very low level dpkg tools?
>>>> So, one night, OS', Debian (kubuntu) contrasted with CentOS, another
>>>> night aptitude contrasted with rpm?
>>>> Certainly package management methodology has been a not infrequent 
>>>> list topic - usually coming up with 'what distro to use.' The answer 
>>>> to which seems to usually surround which package manager are you 
>>>> more comfortable with.
>>>> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 04/30/2010 9:07 PM:
>>>>> How about you expand that to include packaging application as .deb?
>>>>> Would that make for a 2 hour-ish presentation.
>>>>> On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM, Eric Gerlach
>>>>> <eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca<eric%2Bkwlug at gerlach.ca>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:19:40PM -0400, Stephen Palmateer wrote:
>>>>>>> Permission to request a discussion about building the linux 
>>>>>>> kernel from
>>>>>>> source.
>>>>>>> I am attempting to build the CentOS 5.4 kernel from source and am
>>>>>>> frustrating my colleagues with questions they cannot answer.
>>>>>>> I have only been using linux (of one colour or another) for about 
>>>>>>> a year
>>>>>> now
>>>>>>> and have been attending the KWLUG meetings for the last four months.
>>>>>> I can do something on building kernels The Debian Way (TM) (also
>>>>>> includes Ubuntu), but I can't help with CentOS.  I could probably 
>>>>>> split
>>>>>> the presentation with someone else.
>>>>>> No demos though... takes a little while to build a kernel :-)
>>>>>> Also, I'm not ready to commit to a date on this one, so don't sign me
>>>>>> up.

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