[GRASS-user] OpenOSX Grass: x11 installed but not found!

Owen Densmore owen at backspaces.net
Mon Jun 23 11:12:21 EDT 2008

William, you've converted me to Frameworks, they are clearly the  
cleanest way to avoid the many conflicts inherent using lots of  
libraries and versions.  Your work is a prize, and I thank you very  
much.  GRASS is now running fine.

Just as an aside, our local science/tech community were just talking  
about the difficulties of version control, and one of us came out with  
such a wonderful rant I thought I'd share it!  It goes like this:

On Jun 12, 2008, at 11:45 AM, Roger Critchlow wrote:
> The maze of package management, revision management, version  
> control, and
> configuration control tools, and whether they exist or not, is the  
> real pain
> of moving between programming environments.  I can almost keep the  
> language
> syntax and libraries straight, but when it comes to figuring out how  
> to run
> CPAN for perl again, or how the 'easy_install' package works for  
> python, or
> what the alternative for Tcl is that ActiveState.com has  
> implemented, or the
> ruby gems repository, or why "yum update" and "apt-get update" do  
> completely
> different things, I give up.
> It's a Turing complete mess.

> Owen Densmore <owen at backspaces.net> wrote:
>> Yup, indeed my interest related to the netlogo gis extension: it
>> currently does not handle DEM raster data, only ASC, which apparently
>> is a fairly standard format .. also called ESRI Grid I think.
>> I guess its time for me to start using basic GIS libraries with  
>> either
>> Python or Java.  My main problem with Python is their library system
>> and lack of backward compatibility.  The libraries are always in cat-
>> fights with each other and they all fail to run on the same version  
>> of
>> Python itself, thus requiring a rather awkward balancing.

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