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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:18 am    Post subject: Software that is not in portage tree? Reply with quote

Hello,

I've downloaded and installed Freescale Codewarrior for Microcontrollers Special Edition. This installation has been done without emerging anything, just win-like installer. It placed some files in /usr/local/FreeScale directory.

Yet i can't find how to launch it. There is no launcher in "start menu", nor can i find it in that directory.

Am i missing something?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes this is somewhat the danger of running "third party" installer apps, they don't care what Linux you're running, they just blob everything whatever way they feel they want, likely matching whatver flavor of Linux they're running.

You'll probably have to set up everything manually. Likely there's a binary in that directory somewhere you can run.

It's probably best to ask about this on the software's forums, unless there is a portage ebuild for this, this thread probably belongs in the "unsupported" section of Gentoo forums...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right you are. Moved from Portage & Programming to Unsupported Software.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whenever I have to do anything like this, (non-portage on Gentoo) I try to make it install under /usr/local, so it at least doesn't mess any portage stuff. That's typically easier with stuff installed from source. (./configure --prefix=/usr/local && make && make install)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The proper place to put binary blobs is in /opt/, though some would argue /dev/null is better.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never been sure about pure blobs. I've installed some binary blobs through portage, and they've ended up going into /opt. That's why I've kept everything non-Portage into /usr/local - so the two would never get close to each other anywhere - even in /opt.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would probably go either /usr/local or /opt... but it's not me who decides.

The problem is that binary distributions can hard code some of the paths into the binary! This is the evil of binaries... With it hardcoded, it can be hard to change one to another and I know I have one machine at one point that I ended up adding a zillion symlinks in order to satisfy some binary blob...

But in any case this is sort of off topic... maybe I'd like to try Freescale CW, but likely it'd be in some VM so it can puke all over the virtual filesystem without problems...
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