Chapter 6 Coreutils installation

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Sun Oct 12 11:08:53 PDT 2008

Jeremy Huntwork wrote:

> No, it's as Dan says. It's all about hard-coded instances of tools that 
> coreutils provides winding up in installed packages. While I agree that it
> may actually be something that should be worked out in the packages that do
> the hard-coding, by having those core packages installed early, we avoid the
> issue entirely in whatever package may decide to do it.
> As was heavily discussed around the time we did the re-ordering, there's no
> technical advantage to building packages in alphabetical order, so that
> should not be a high priority. What _is_ important is knowing which packages
> should be built first and why.

Thanks Jeremy.  Indeed, it is already documented in section 6.1.

> And anything that doesn't require any special placement can just be done
> whenever, so for them it becomes useful to place them in alphabetical order
> just so that the book is organized and flows logically (and so an editor
> knows where to place any new additions).

Isn't it wonderful when we rediscover things.  :)

   -- Bruce

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