Rich kids are into COBOL

Guy Sotomayor ggs at
Fri Mar 20 23:22:58 CST 1970

On 3/4/15 6:17 PM, Tor Arntsen wrote:
> On 4 March 2015 at 18:56, Todd Goodman <tsg at> wrote:
>> * Guy Sotomayor <ggs at> [150304 12:45]:
>>> [...] I had several cases where one program needed a
>>> specific version of a system library, another program needed a
>>> *different* specific version of the library and the rest of the system
>>> wanting yet a 3rd version of the same library.
>>> TTFN - Guy
>> After running into that particular package hell early on in my Linux
>> experience, I switched to Gentoo linux where multiple versions of
>> libraries can be installed at the same time and used by whatever
>> software needs them.
>> Todd
> As can Debian, so I'm a bit surprised. It's straight forward on *nix-like
> systems to have multiple run-time versions of a library. It's designed
> for it.
> The problem is when you need different *compile time* (aka development)
> versions of a library, then you'll need to have different name spaces.
> The remaining issue may be that the distro may not provide different
> versions of all the libraries you need out of the box. Then there will
> be additional
> work. And that may or may not be more effort than it's worth, granted.
Yes, when stuff I needed was only distributed as source, I had to build 
them and it would
require different build versions of various libraries.  However, there 
were binary versions
that were compiled for specific library versions and would not play 
nice.  As I said, I finally
just gave up.

TTFN - Guy

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