[lsb-discuss] Packaging group

Mike Hearn mike at theoretic.com
Fri Mar 7 10:57:58 PST 2003

> I am a debian developer, however my opinions are my own, i do not
> represent the debian project in any official capacity.

What we really need are the people who work on the apt/packaging
infrastructure side of things from debian. Do you know who they
are/could you get in touch with them?

> What happened to the group that was going to investigate a new packaging
> system, is that idea dead ?

No, it's barely even born yet. The fact is though it makes more sense
IMHO to transition first to a state where multiple packaging systems can
peacefully co-exist, and then create a new packaging format. We might as
well improve the current situation before diving in and inventing new
file formats, as really that's only one small component of the problem.

> I strongly believe packaging is all about metadata, i consider it to be
> specialist database.

There are lots of issues. Not just the packages themselves, you've got
the networks, binary portability, relocatability etc etc

I think a good start would be aim towards allowing the current
lowest-common-denominator LSB packages to be a bit less
lowest-common-denominator, and have dependancies, after all managing
deps is one of the biggest advantages of package management in the first

That involves solving quite a few other problems along the way, but
that's OK because we'd have had to solve them anyway even if we were
starting with a new format.

thanks -mike

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