Re: apt-like package management on rpm based systems Was: [vox] boy, was
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Re: apt-like package management on rpm based systems Was: [vox] boy, was that fast!
Quoting Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> Mandrake's apt workalike, urpm (does dependency resolution, package databases
> for removable, local, and net, etc), acutaly works pretty well.
It does, but....
Please pardon my indulging a hobbyhorse, here. Not intending to detract
from what you said which is perfectly true and useful.
The magic isn't -- and never was -- in the apt tool itself, but rather in
Debian's enforcement of distribution/packaging policy. Nathan Myers did
as good a job of explaining this as anyone:
Claudio Matsuoka and Alfredo Kojima at Conectiva confirm this in
describing the obstacles they found in implementing the apt system on
their Brazilian distribution after porting the utility to RPM:
Linux-Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, and a whole bunch of others
_cannot_ be as incrementally maintainable as Debian (and Libranet) is.
It's not the fact that they use RPM: RPM is a perfectly fine package
format. It's pretty much all in the policy.
Conectiva comes close, because they went through the hard work of
implementing such a policy.
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