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Re: redhat abe

On Thu, 27 Jan 2005, Ralf Corsepius wrote:

On Thu, 2005-01-27 at 08:52 -0500, seth vidal wrote:
RH has the ability to change this at any time.

ability? yes. willingness? no.

It is not - RH has had no problems in adding yum support and has no
problem in adding and removing other packages at any time at RH's free

Do you know why they had no issue adding yum support? B/c it could be covered internally. If it broke and I wasn't around to fix it - they could take care of it.

100+ lines of C++ they were not interested in maintaining.
How comes, FE/fedora.us is able to maintain it?

Fedora.us has/had an upstream apt-rpm developer (some weird masochist
sharing my mail-address :) maintaining it and writing all sorts of weird Lua-extensions to it to better fit the world of FC, external kernel-module packages and such.

I know apt's code is ... ... leaves a lot to be desired, but it doesn't require that much effort to maintain the package.

Maintaining the package ain't hard, but developing apt-rpm into various directions required by FC (multilib, new repodata format) is just about as fun as pulling teeth without anesthesia. The new repodata is something that would be sanely implementable into apt, multilib as used in FC and RHEL (namely packages with same nevr but different arch simultaenously installed) is something that doesn't fit nicely into it's design. And that's putting it somewhat mildly. I've actually tried various approaches to adding multilib support to apt with varying success, however none of work well enough to be actually usable.

- Panu -

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