Packaging and installation

Nicholas Petreley nicholas at petreley.com
Tue Oct 24 12:07:09 PDT 2000


* Evan Leibovitch (evan at telly.org) [001024 07:35]:
> 
> Nick's core complaint about the yet-unformalized status quo was:
> 
> > if you install anything that a program needs via any other method
> > besides RPM, then RPM will consider dependencies unresolved...
> 
> Well, duh. If you make something a standard and users break the standard,
> then dumb results will follow unless the users know what they're doing.

Fine, but according to the discussions on this topic, whem
people argue that they want to use .deb or some other
format, they are NOT told that they must use RPM.  They are
told that they can always use alien.  

In other words, people aren't really saying "EVERYONE MUST
USE RPM", they're saying "LET'S STANDARDIZE ON RPM AND IF
ANYONE DISAGREES, LET THEM USE ALIEN".  That way lies
irrelevance and chaos.  

If instead you standardize on a package-independant process
for resolving dependencies (like looking in the actual
directories to find out if what you need is there) then
everyone can be happy - the RPMites and the DEBites and the
TGZites.  And the user gets exactly what he/she needs.

-Nick 


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