Are binary packages available?
None are available here, but you may find them somewhere else:
- Ask your operating system vendor about them. It may be that
they have a package available or have a download area containing
The vendor may also choose to include a package into a future
release if there are enough people asking for it. After all,
they are going to include popular packages.
- On xBSD systems you might try to find the package you are
looking for in the ports tree.
- Try rpmfind.net (rpm only).
I can't provide binary packages, my machines haven't got too much in
common with clean installations and i possibly don't have access to
the very same operating system release you are running.
Besides i don't want to provide binaries. That's not my job.
What to do with specifications for .rpm, .deb, .pkg and so on?
... I've written a [binary package specification]. Here's it!
Fine. You might want to send them to your operating system vendor.
*Please* consider doing this.
No, thank's for asking, but i will not include it into the
distribution. There's a small number of reasons:
My way to help you to use my software is to give you the sources - they
are very likely to be of more value to you in the long run.
- i will not include anything i cannot check.
I cannot check .deb or .rpm, even if i happen to meet a linux machine.
My remaining linux systems are pretty non-standard.
- binary package specifications are moving targets. Vendors keep
changing them all the time, and there's quite a big number of
vendors. I can't track them all.
- I don't want to have to release a new version of a package just
because i need to adapt some .spec-file because the vendor changed
something. I once made that mistake, but only once.
- i'm not going to dive into the lovely world of incompatible
binary packages. If i'd provide rpm specifications for RedHat-7 they will
no be of much value for people running SuSE, will not
be of any value for those running RedHat-6, and will most likely
not even be of any value with RedHat-9.
You see, programming can be fun. Dealing with vendor
idiosyncrasy certainly isn't.