Packaging stuff

Rahul Dave rahul at reno.cis.upenn.edu
Wed Oct 25 09:21:31 PDT 2000


I got this from you:
> 
>    From: Rahul Dave <rahul at reno.cis.upenn.edu>
>    Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:43:35 -0400 (EDT)
> 
>    Read the proposal I made
>    http://reno.cis.upenn.edu/~rahul/standards/packrdf/   
>    ..the basic idea is to
>    aggregate a dependency graph on the fly from rpm database,
>    deb database, and say, for example .tgz database. RDF is good for this,
>    and in the case of rpm, we already have an implementation. Now my
>    configure can use one dependency from rpm, and one from deb, and the
>    next rpm install can use a dependency from this configure(or oracle
>    installer, or whatever
> 
> There's an amazing amount of hand-waving in your proposal.  All the RDF
> is at the moment is a way of storing the existing Provides and Requires
> information of RPM's in XML.  This doesn't address the need to
> standardize what is actually *in* Provides and Requires line in either
> an RPM or the RDF.  It's merely a different way of storing that
> information separately from the RPM.  Hence, it doesn't even come close
> to addressing the problem.    
I'd be the first to agree with the statement that there is lot of handwaving.
But a common XML with a common API to access it is step 1. Step 2 is to 
do a "Dewey Decimal" for packages...I dont address that at all
Rahul




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