Bootstrapping Fink went smoothly, but took more than four hours on my 600 MHz G3 iBook that was busy rsyncing some stuff into my home dir.

That machine is too slow to compile everything myself, so I want to rely on binary packages. I guess I should have read this post before starting dselect. After fiddling with the package list locations I got dselect into a strange state where it insisted on uninstalling system-x11, claimed darwin was not installed and a whole bunch of other strange errors.

So time for Plan B. Uninstall Fink and wait for a 10.3 binary release for not so critical stuff (SDL, dia, various things I rarely use), install the most important software manually. The single most important piece of software to me is XEmacs, so I tried to compile it myself - and it fails in the linking stage because of undefined symbols.

The same happens for ifile that I use as a Bayesian Spam Filter. The "./configure; make" sequence worked fine on Jaguar so I guess it must be a gcc 3 thing that can be sorted out by using the correct linker arguments. I wish this page wasn't empty right now.

On the success side, the binary nethack distribution from worked like a charm and as now seems to be usable with xterm-color terminal settings, colors have come back to the game for me (it's better to know the color of those "D"s when you meet them). It even accepted my old save file.

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