[GRASSLIST:2801] Re: mailing list for beginners

samuel cavalcante grassmanbr at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 2 07:32:35 EST 2004

hi all,

first of all: my questions were not only about  NVIZ (or r.in.gdal 
segmentation fault, or  other bugs)...were about installing, compiling, 
fixing bugs, modify  configuration files, too spread documentation  ..and so 
on... normal users commonly don't do that....just manipulate the 
softwares....of course i am learning much more about the system but new 
interested people will find this something too hard to deal with in their 
institutions (it affects the productivity...) and they even won't find time 
to do that...


>From: Jeff Stubbs <cjstubbs at adelphia.net>
>To: grasslist at baylor.edu
>Subject: [GRASSLIST:2798] Re: mailing list for beginners
>Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 19:05:28 -0500
>On Mar 1, 2004, at 11:50 AM, Glynn Clements wrote:
>>James Plante wrote:
>>>>Really I was just saying that questions about NVIZ not working are not
>>>>usually 'beginner's questions' and there is no need for a separate list
>>>>for them.
>>>Well, as a beginner myself, I can say that questions about NVIZ may
>>>truly be beginners' questions. Being principally a Mac user, I'm not
>>>fluent with compilation of source code, so I obtained a binary
>>>installation of GRASS 5.0.3 from OpenOSX.
>>Yeah, but unfortunately there's a big difference between compiling
>>source code and compiling the NVIZ source code. The latter regularly
>>causes problems for people who otherwise have no problems compiling
>>source code.
>Excuse me for jumping into this conversation. As an unix and Grass newbie 
>(Mac, print background), I find this list an invaluable tool for getting up 
>to speed. I only discovered Grass in mid-January and not having a lot of 
>spare time, I couldn't, for the life of me, get Grass to compile. Blame it 
>on the lack of experience. Then I noticed Lorenzo's binaries were 
>available. Within a day, I had the program running. Thanks Lorenzo. Not 
>being a professional, I still have a steep learning curve ahead.
>Now for the reason that I jumped into the conversation. Since I have Grass 
>5.3 running on my main partition, I would like to offer the services of my 
>second partition to Lorenzo and the developer team as a test bed for OS X 
>distributions. I just use it for testing Apple's OS patches before I apply 
>them to my working partition. Perhaps, I could document all the steps and 
>put them on the wiki page for my fellow OS Xers as a guide. Other thoughts?
>Thanks for your time.
>Jeff Stubbs
>"Notice this rent in my garment; I am at a loss to explain its presence!
>  I am even more puzzled by the existence of the universe."
>            -- Jack Vance

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