[racket] Possible to install both plt-scheme from repo and racket from racket-lang.org?

From: Todd O'Bryan (toddobryan at gmail.com)
Date: Sat Aug 14 12:54:07 EDT 2010

One of my dreams has been to write a script of some sort that would
build a .deb for Eli automatically when he packages up the latest
version. Then it could be uploaded to the Ubuntu repo and the
maintainer wouldn't have to manually convert it each time.
Unfortunately, packaging stuff into .debs is a bit more complicated
than you'd think it should be.


On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM, Robby Findler
<robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
> It doesn't do that.
> But the racket installation can install in its own directory and then
> you just have to delete that directory to uninstall it (under linux).
> Robby
> On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 5:36 AM, Horace Dynamite
> <horace.dynamite at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I prefer to use the distro repository to install software when
>>> possible, since that makes it easier to manage and update (at least
>>> for a relative Linux newbie), but Debian/Ubuntu hasn't updated the
>>> plt-scheme package and dependencies to Racket yet.
>> I do see a Ubuntu download on the Racket download page,
>> http://racket-lang.org/download/.
>> It's a shell script, but since they say it's for Ubuntu, chances are
>> high that it'll build itself using the debian packing tools and
>> install itself into the dpkg database so you can remove it with
>> apt-get/aptitude whatever it is you use.
>> I can't download 42 MB atm to check, so someone else will have to
>> confirm how this builds. (careful about possibly "masking" existing
>> binarys, as I mentioned before).
>> I think these shell script installers ask you where you'd like to
>> install the files, called a ``prefix" in case you were wondering
>> before. I'd chose /opt. So that all the binarys/man pages/etc will be
>> under /opt/racket. If you decide you'd like to remove Racket, just
>> remove the /opt/racket directory. You could then add /opt/racket/bin
>> to the end of your $PATH so that drscheme will still be found in the
>> cannoncial /usr/... location.
>> If none of this sounds feasible to you, another option is to ask the
>> package maintainer of PLT Scheme to update the official package.
>> Horace.
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