Installation failures and https

Ola Fosheim Grøstad ola.fosheim.grostad at
Wed Nov 20 09:07:29 UTC 2019

On Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 08:57:43 UTC, Jacob Carlborg 
> How do you deal with installers that are not scripts that you 
> can not look at what they do? This includes package mangers.

They are a PITA and I use package mangers as little as possible 
(I'd rather grab from github where it makes sense).

I essentially split my coding platform in two:

1. Production use, here I only use the ones I really can't do 
without, e.g. macports, Google's stuff, and some npm (which 
unfortunately is needed to set up Angular, but I don't like that 
I have to trust it) and some pip (which I also am a bit weary 

2. Fun stuff, I create a separate user account for this, but 
still try to read install scripts from smaller communities 
(larger communities have more eyeballs).

If I don't trust the install-script, or it breaks, then I look at 
what the script does and do it manually (like I did for building 
LDC the other day). Fortunately the D install script was 
well-structured (albeit a bit long).

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