deb vs. rpm vs. gem
Posted Mar 10, 2004 12:58 UTC (Wed) by crankysysadmin
In reply to: deb vs. rpm vs. gem
Parent article: Rock Linux 2.0 released
I don't think the postfix prevents problems. I have many times gotten RPMs from rpmfind.com that had postfixes for the distro, and they worked (by sheer luck -- this was way before I had any package mgmt clue). Then later I found similar packages I expected to work which required that I change out binx86 and everything higher, or something like that.
If you're going to make Yet Another Distro of linux, you need either:
1) Yet Another Packaging System
2) a packaging system that sits above the distro level and can recognize the distro itself as a dependency.
I don't see anyone doing #2 real soon, unless this is a hidden attribute of APT or something. I think the lesson here is, if you don't like #1, stop making so many linux distros.
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