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pilchman at attbi.com
Thu Nov 14 01:53:46 CST 2002
Keith Matthews wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Nov 2002 18:53:42 -0600
> "Ian Pilcher" wrote:
> >My thought is to use SGI FAM (http://oss.sgi.com/projects/fam/), which
> >is shipped with Red Hat and (according to bug #588) Mandrake. I'm not
> >sure about any other distributions, but the FAQ on the web page states
> >that Enlightenment, GNOME, and KDE all use it, so it should be pretty
> It sems to have been dropped in RH 7.3 which is a good thing.
I just checked my 7.3 filesystem. It's there, and it's definitely
shipped with 8.0.
> Fam requires portmapper. If not set up properly (i.e. by someone who
> understands what they are letting loose) portmapper can be a serious
> security problem. The security community regard the introduction of fam
> a serious backward step on RH's part.
> KDE etc might use it but they do not _need_ it.
> You are also assuming that every distro follows RH's lead which is very
> definitely not true. Many people are already getting upset about the
> number of libraries that are required to get some packages to run.
> GNUCash being a prime example of package use gone mad.
Can you suggest a superior alternative?
I don't want to get into a flamewar over the merits of your criticisms
(what does Red Hat have to do with the libraries required by GnuCash?),
but doing something -- albeit imperfect -- seems better than doing
BTW, I don't plan to introduce a hard dependency, if that's what you're
Ian Pilcher pilchman at attbi.com
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