[PLUG] Compiling Software from the source code.

श्रीधर नारायण श्रीधर नारायण
Thu Dec 20 09:26:27 PST 2007


On Thursday 20 Dec 2007 11:19:58 Meghanand Acharekar wrote:
> What are the advantages of compiling software
> from the source code over using binary packages.

Typically you can configure features in the build such as plugins or support 
for a third party library. One can also tweak the compiler/linker option.

One big advntage of compiling from source is that the build procedure is 
documented and verified. With typical distributions, the build procedure is 
documented but for binary blobs like flash plugin, nothing is available.

> Anybody tried compiling gcc from the source code.

Lot of people I guess.

 Shridhar



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