Debian package maintainers suck!


(Originally published on Feb 13th, 2021. I've just added it to the lb index.)

Yesterday I was trying to set up a searx instance on my server. Everything was going well up until I tried to actually install the searx software when it complained about some dependency not being the right version. I decided to check the debian package index site, and apparently this dependency has been out of date for a while now; someone commented about it being out of date on January 15th; one whole month ago. At that point I had flashbacks to a 4chan post I saw back in November of 2019 that read something along the lines of, "Don't wait around for some neckbeard package maintainer. Compile your own code like a real man!" So I tried compiling said dependency from source, then I tried installing searx again. This time it complained about the dependency needing a newer version of Python. So I compiled the latest version of Python, tried installing searx again, and then it complained about the depencency from before being out of date again. I don't know what happened but I don't care. I was so fed up at that point that I gave up and went for a walk in the woods. I plan on migrating my server to Arch Linux later on today, then I'll attempt to set up searx again. Contrary to what neckbeards say on the internet (to scare off normies), Arch doesn't actually break every 5 seconds. I've been using Arch regularly for about 6 months now, and have experienced zero breakages so it should be fine to use on my server.