[RULE] apt instead of rpm

Rodolfo J. Paiz rpaiz at simpaticus.com
Wed Oct 27 00:56:15 EEST 2004

On Tue, 2004-10-26 at 00:54 +0200, M. Fioretti wrote:
> > This is a debate that seems to be as "religious" as is which distro
> > to use!  It always seems to start a healthy flame on any Linux
> > mailing list.  Although im fully aware that RULEs ambition is to be
> > fully distro "agnostic" would it not be better to leave apt-get on
> > the "to do" list and not muddy the waters?

I suggest that we are reinventing the wheel here. There are already not
one, not two, but *three* fully-functional update programs available:
up2date, yum, and apt-get.

I am not acquainted with apt-get personally, since the other two work
well for me and I never needed it. But since they all *do* work well, we
should just pick whichever one takes up the least space or is the most
popular, and use that.

We are likely going to have to create the dependency resolution database
ourselves anyway, though. I know for yum it's as simple as typing "yum
arch" at the top of the tree and voilà... you have a yum repository. But
perhaps what we have to do if we're worried about the initial install is
to create that database, pack it up in a .gz somewhere, and include it
with Slinky.

Let's figure out how to best use one of the three, and do as little work
on it as possible. Someone might also want to get on a mailing list or
IRC channel and ask a few of the developers. Seth Vidal (yum's author)
is pretty active on fedora-test-list, for example. I'm sure that list
wouldn't mind a thread on RULE.


Rodolfo J. Paiz <rpaiz at simpaticus.com>
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