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Re: sane dependencies -- a positive look at 'fix your packages'



On Sat, 2003-10-04 at 10:15, Michael Schwendt wrote:
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> On Sat, 04 Oct 2003 03:25:09 -0400, Andy Hanton wrote:
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> > I think that the 'Kind request: fix your packages' thread is going off
> > course by discussing how to fix what we have instead of what we need to
> > implement to make Sean's vision possible while making it possible to
> > support older systems easily.  
> 
> What exactly is Sean's vision? It might be just me, but I don't think
> that became clear in the controversy due to misunderstandings (e.g.
> with regard to optional [versioned] build requirements). Maybe someone
> can sum up a few major flaws in current "RPM packaging" with regard to
> packagers and package users and outline the changes that are supposed
> to improve the situation.

Most basic theme of my misunderstood ;-) ranting - only one package per
application, ever.  Package always works, save asking for dependencies,
of which there are also only one package for each.  Only in cases of
true (but hopefully avoidable) platform incompatibility should this be
broken.

Given the autopackage project, RPMs and their (possible) problems may in
the future just be relegated to low-level system stuff, which is another
solution, but one not yet ready.

> 
> Btw, if you're asking for major efforts to make the life easier for a
> tiny group of users, who stick to an old distribution and who want to
> install the latest and greatest software in form of prebuilt packages
> nevertheless, I think that's a hopeless venture due to API and ABI
> changes.
> 
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> Michael, who doesn't reply to top posts and complete quotes anymore.
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