Packaging-format questions

George Kraft IV gk4 at
Mon Apr 8 06:35:44 PDT 2002

Sven Vermeulen wrote:
> After a quick look through the mailinglist archives I got the idea that some
> were thinking about another packaging format (i.e. not RPM, but RPM-alike).
> Are there any persons working on that or has this idea been dropped?

We had some folks working on it, but ran into some resource issues.  So, the
project is on hold.

> I also have a question about the dependencies. A package must depend on lsb,
> and lsb only. So any library needed for a program to run that is not part of
> a lsb-compliant system must be inserted into the package. The chances are
> great that more than one application needs a certain library. How will the
> packaging format deal with this?
> F.i. package lsb-A provides a program called foo and library and a
> package lsb-B provides a programm called bleh and library A
> sysadmin needs to install both packages. First he installs lsb-A and then he
> wants to install lsb-B. The system (well, the packaging binary) will see that
> is already on the system. What should it do? Raise an errormessage
> explaining that the two packages conflict? Register that is now
> "installed" by both packages?
> Wkr,
>         Sven Vermeulen
>         (non-developer)
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George Kraft IV
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