Do we need this crap on LWN?
Posted Feb 22, 2007 5:42 UTC (Thu) by bojan
In reply to: Do we need this crap on LWN?
Parent article: ESR's goodbye note
> I inherited control of a CentOS 3.6 vhost and was told on some Plesk forums it was not possible to upgrade to CentOS 4.3 (me gobsmacked).
There is a reason for not being able to upgrade a running system using "yum upgrade" - it's udev. It removes the old dev package during upgrade and your system dies.
Otherwise, it's a perfectly doable thing. You could even script it using kickstart. Done many upgrades of RHEL3 to RHEL4, completely unattended.
> One of the reasons this won't happen is because of rpm fanboyism, as you have clearly demonstrated, so "we" shall remain a fragmented group of fanboys.
For instance, Debian packages cannot track file dependencies, something that distributions like Fedora rely on heavily. Actually, Fedora packaging policy is to prefer dependencies based on what the build process determines, rather than manual ones, which can be easily forgotten. Good or bad, that's the Fedora way...
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