[lsb-discuss] Packaging

Jiri Dluhos jdluhos at suse.cz
Mon Oct 23 01:38:26 PDT 2006

On Saturday 21 October 2006 21:47, Alexey Eremenko spoke thusly:
> hi all !
> before I begin lets learn two terms:
> -first package manager (=distro-specific-PM) (=base PM)
> -second package manager (=LSB-PM)
> I thought about package managers recently.
> I think that by converting packages (from second to first, like
> alien), it would be hard to achieve good stability.
> I came to conclusion that second package manager must exist, with only
> few mandatory packages installed already, those are:
> 1. LSB
> 2. LSB-Desktop

Hi all :-)

Well, call me narrow-minded traditionalist if you want :-) but I think having 
two package managers is a way to Hell. One such beast is more than enough. 
Imagine all problems a package manager has to solve:

* presenting packages to the user in a concise and understandable structure
* a fast and effective search in packages
* effective storage of package metadata, allowing for fast searches
* secure and reliable online updating system
* atomic installation/deinstallation process with safe fallbacks

Now multiply all this by two, plus significantly more trouble coming from 
interactions from these two. That would open a new dimension of horror.

(Note that I know what I'm talking about - we have much fun with our package 
installer here in Novell. Having two of them, our packagers team would 
probably commit suicide right now.)

Best regards,

    Jiri Dluhos

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