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



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On Sat, 04 Oct 2003 13:58:32 -0400, Andy Hanton wrote:

> They aren't the only ones working on this stuff.  The zero-install
> project (http://zero-install.sf.net/) seems to be trying for a more
> interesting solution.  They actually link software to libraries using a
> caching http filesystem.  For example, an application that needs gtk2
> would link to /uri/0install/www.gtk.org/gtk2/libgtk-x11-2.0.so.

Treat me like a dumb user, please. In which way is that better than
the current dependency on libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0? What problems is it
supposed to fix?

> So it
> doesn't need the funny hacks autopackage uses to detect what the user
> has installed.

$ rpm --redhatprovides libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0
gtk2-2.2.1-4
 
> The user can double click the application and all the
> dependencies are downloaded automatically and doing so never breaks
> anything else on the system.  

We do have that feature already, don't we?

- -- 
Michael, who doesn't reply to top posts and complete quotes anymore.

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