Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap (Linux.com)
Posted Jul 14, 2006 20:41 UTC (Fri) by quintesse
In reply to: Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap (Linux.com)
Parent article: Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap (Linux.com)
Well I can't say I have a definitive answer for you, personally I like
the "cleaner" interface smart gives you over the several apt commands you
have to learn, but that's pretty minor of course.
I do know that for the Redhat/Fedora distros we've had apt-rpm for some
time now and recently yum was made the official package manager.
And if you listen to the managers of several large Redhat/Fedora
repositories they are always complaining about yum and they always
preferred apt. BUT there are several cases where apt just doesn't work
right, they might be corner cases but they happen often enough,
situations where apt just doesn't know what to do or even worse, does the
I've always looked very carefully at the output of apt, just before
saying "Yes" to go ahead and install, upgrade and remove packages.
Smart just does a better job, I've never had any problems with it and if
the ATrpms mailing lists are any measure others seem to have the same
Doesn't mean it's perfect though, for one it's SLOW, really really slow.
Not a problem when only a couple of dozen packages need to be updated,
but forget about upgrading your system from FC5 to FC6 with it!
The ATrpms repository maintainer normally his this advise for a major
upgrade like that:
1. use "apt dist-upgrade" to do most of the work
2. afterwards do "smart upgrade" to clean up any problems apt left
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