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Here's an example: I use Snort, and wanted to set up Snorby because BASE is ancient and creaky and doesn't work well. It's written in Ruby, so it should be easy, right? Just get a package with the correct version of Ruby, then gem install until I have the prerequisites.

Nope. I gave up trying to install it months ago, but it required many external programs at versions too recent to be included in distro repositories, and which as far as I could tell were mutually incompatible. Obviously, people have gotten it to work, because it's a pretty popular front-end, but I never did.

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