dependency hell

Stanley Long
Fri, 18 May 2001 12:49:45 -0800

See if http://www.suse
SuSE 7.1 Professional Distro now includes gnucash ...

Dan Kegel wrote:
> Robert Graham Merkel wrote:
> > On Thu, 17 May 2001 12:43:51 Dan Kegel wrote:
> > > I'd love to help you folks QA this, but I won't be able to
> > > unless you provide all the RPM's I need to install on
> > > Red Hat 7.1 to install yours.  There's no way the average
> > > user should have to hunt them down.  And tonight, I feel like
> > > a very average user...
> >

I put SuSE and gnucash on a 200mHz pentium box for a newbie.
It loaded just fine. We printed the help file and he is studying.

> > We do package the ones that aren't commonly available:
> >
No, we didn't try for the bleeding edge stuff, just a stable setup.
It for an older guy who wants to learn how to turn a computer on :-))

First he needs accounting, then he will want to explore the internet.
gnucash seems to be doing the job.

If you don't want to purchase the DVD or 7-CDs distro set, then
try :
 g-wrap-0.9.4-1.i386.rpm 10-Aug-2000 14:36    67k  
   gnucash-1.4.1-1.i386..> 03-Jul-2000 08:17   3.5M  
   gnucash-1.4.3-1.i386..> 10-Aug-2000 14:40   3.5M  
   gnucash-1.4.9-1.i386..> 20-Jan-2001 07:39   3.9M  
   slib-2.8-1suse.noarc..> 04-Aug-2000 16:42   613k  

The source RPMs are there, too.

> >
> > (which provides most of the
> > dependencies you're missing)
> >
> > As to your complaint about tracking down libraries, I totally
> > agree with you!  That's why I use Debian, which automatically
> > tracks down and installs dependancies for me . . .
> The real problem might be that none of the web pages at
> (even the download and software requirements pages)
> mention that Gnome 1.4 (which has only been out five weeks!)
> is required for gnucash-1.5.
> I am well aware of, and as an earlier reply indicated,
> the RPMs one grabs from there are a mixed bag.  I'm not sure I'm
> willing to trust them 100%.  I'd be much happier with an authoritative
> set of links on the gnucash web page.  The 'Requirements' page is
> helpful for developers, but nowhere near easy enough for average users.
> Given's lack of handholding in this regard, and
> the tone of half of the responses ("Go use RPMFIND.NET, you lamer!")
> to my post, I seriously question whether you're going to find many
> users willing to slog through the steps needed to get gnucash up
> and running.

yep, I feel for you there.
I am an electrical engineer (i.e., power and lighting design for
building construction.  I'm not much of programmer. Right not I am
having trouble getting a Matrox G-450 to shape up with my dual-monitor
CAD setup.

> When I realized that it was going to take a lot of work to satisfy
> the dependencies, I went and downloaded moneydance.  And guess what?
> It worked right off the bat.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  Performance
> was adequate for the task, and I got the reports I needed.
> Competition is good, they say; I'm looking forward to gnucash learning
> from its competition, and the 'lost sale' here.
> - Dan
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