considering a jump to centos-6

gene heskett gheskett at
Tue Nov 22 08:31:45 GMT 2011

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011 03:30:02 AM Duncan did opine:

> gene heskett posted on Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:40:23 -0500 as excerpted:
> > But the kde there is 4.3.5, not the best by a stretch.
> > 
> > Back in the kde-3 days there was a konstruct utility that worked
> > fairly well, and I used that several times on a fedora box
> > 
> > Is there such a beast that would build and install 4.6.5 on a 64 bit
> > centos-6 box?
> There's a couple scripted build methods available.  Note that I use
> Gentoo so haven't used these, and that kde has only recently switched
> mostly to git, so to some extent these scripts may be in transition as
> well, but here's the links:
> General page (see that disclaimer):
> In particular (an anchor further down the same page):
> There's quite a bit more linked from there or available by simply
> wandering around techbase in general.
> Meanwhile, some months ago I was helping someone try to build and
> install, maybe it was 4.5.x at that point (only kdelibs, but once
> kdelibs installs, the rest is far easier, since kdelibs sets the base
> for everything else and has similar dependencies), on a CentOS, I
> believe it was 5.x, so even older.  He was running into quite a few
> version-too-low issues on dependencies and was building them from
> scratch as well. However, he made quite some progress over several
> days, conquering one problem at a time, and I believe ultimately must
> have gotten it installed, as he seemed pretty close by the last.  He'd
> ask questions about what was required, listing what he had, and I'd
> look up the Gentoo dependencies to see what the minimum they required
> for their building was.  Together, with help from others at times as
> well, we surmounted a number of obstacles, with him either building the
> required versions, or for at least one, passing an configure option so
> it didn't build the component that would have required that dependency.
> However, as an alternative, you may find either the binary rpms or the
> srpms as available on sites like will work better for you,
> with the srpms at least helping navigate the dependency issues if you
> end up using them to build from sources.  Years ago when I was back on
> Mandrake, I used rpmfind a *LOT*, often installing various rpms from
> rawhide, etc, on Mandrake, since rawhide was the only thing with rpms
> of the quite new versions I wanted, available.
> Good luck whichever way you go.  You may need it. =:^\  (Actually, not
> so much luck, as quite some patience and persistence, tackling and
> overcoming one problem at a time.)  OTOH, as I said, I've not used
> those scripts.  Perhaps they're actually better than I'm thinking, and
> it'll be set it up and come back a half day to perhaps 3 days later,
> depending on the speed of your system and how many dependencies you
> need to build as well, to have it all built and installed. =:^)

Thanks Duncan, it looks as if there might be a chance, message duly marked 
for future reference.

Cheers, Gene
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