Posted Jul 13, 2006 13:30 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim
In reply to: Misguided
Parent article: The end of the multiarch era?
To make it quick because I have other things to do :
- rpm will allow multiple package to own the same file without conflicts if the file checksums match (so multiple packages owning the same file is not an indication of packagers not having made the effort to put in common what could be - it means sharing is transparent to the user)
- Fedora will not install by default duplicate versions of everything under the Sun, if an i386 package is installed that's because the user asked to install an i386 app needing this package once upon a time
- rpm will silently clobber binaries in /usr/bin and friends (this is the only exception to the rules above), because multilib support is here for libs and the user does not need two versions of the same executable installed. While an x86_64 lib can only link to other x86_64 libs, executable calls to not care which arch the executable was build for
- Fedora dumped apt precisely because it did its own dep resolution different from the core system package manager, and differences in resolution rules caused much grief to users.
It certainly is possible to pour a lot of energy in making a more aesthetically pleasing system with no added benefits to the end users
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