[maemo-users] Canola never finds any media

From: dave dave at rodrig.com
Date: Sat Sep 8 22:11:32 EEST 2007
Thanks for your insightful, measured response. Much more helpful,
IMHO, than screaming "JUNK!" at the very developers whose help we need
in fixing these troublesome issues.

I had the same problem installing Canola. I was able to overcome the
issue with the help of the internettablettalk.com forums. Once
installed, it's a great little app and a must-have along with Maemo

I just wanted to say thanks to the all the developers producing these
and other packages on the maemo platform. Please do try and let the
negative tone of some of the criticism we see here from time to time
slide off your backs.

thanks again

On 9/8/07, Steve Yelvington <steve at yelvington.com> wrote:
>  The problem is not with Canola per se, but rather with the overall sloppy
> condition of the Maemo repositories, both on maemo.org and on other sites.
>  Software often depends on other packages not in the same repository, and
> that's not documented or handled in any graceful way. So long as you stick
> to the three or four official Nokia applications, you're fine. As soon as
> you try to install anything you find listed on maemo.org, you're venturing
> into dangerous territory.
>  Trying to install Doom will muck up your entire system, as Application
> Manager will no longer be able to update repositories.
>  I just reflashed, and the first app from maemo.org I tried to install was
> the kagu media player. Can't do it. Application packages missing:
> libsdl-ttf, libgdbm3, libcurses5, libreadline4.
>  Where are they? No telling, but they're not in the repository specified in
> the .install file (maemo extras). My bet is that they're in maemo-hackers,
> but Application Manager can't figure that out. Nor should it have to.
>  This is particularly difficult for developers to handle because they're
> developing on machines that are all tricked out with extra libraries and --
> here's the real problem -- they have to know where those libraries came
> from.
>  None of the Linux application installation toolkits (on any platform) is
> particularly good at helping you figure that stuff out. So when a package
> gets built, critical details like these get dropped on the floor.
>  The answer might be "more testing," but bugzilla isn't a warm and friendly
> way to invite new users to submit issues. If my bugzilla password ever
> arrives in email, I'll be long gone onto another project and will have
> forgotten the bug I wanted to report.
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