DEB compared with RPM
Posted Feb 21, 2007 22:05 UTC (Wed) by mheily
In reply to: DEB compared with RPM
Parent article: ESR's goodbye note
I should have said 'package build system' instead of 'package format' in my earlier comment, because the two formats *are* similar at the low level of detail that Joey Hess is talking about. They both contain a collection of files that can be installed and uninstalled, and contain scripts that run during the install and uninstall process.
The point I was trying to make is that the mechanism for defining and creating a DEB package is superior to the mechanism for defining and creating an RPM package. This is part of the reason why Debian packages are 'better' than RPM packages; the power and flexibility of the build system allows you to design better packages with less effort, which makes the end user's life (and now ESR's life, apparently) easier.
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