Re: Packaging formats

On Thu, 9 Mar 2000, Alan Shutko wrote:

> Matthew C Barry <> writes:
> > Packaging is definitely cool, but .deb is LIGHT YEARS ahead of .rpm.
> This really should be decided by the LSB people.  But I'm interested
> in why .deb is "light-years" ahead of .rpm.
> > mean, keeping rpm compatibility is... neato.  But... debian packages are
> > simply better, in many respects (not the least of which is that if you
> > want to install an rpm, you need to find it and dl it, whereas if you want
> > to install a .deb, its "apt-get install <package-name>" =).
> This is not a function of the packaging.  It's a function of
> infrastructure which could be adapted to RPM, and the fact that
> debian-based dists haven't diverged as much as RPM-based ones (yet),
> so for now debian packages can be used on any debian-based dist.

thats nice, but.. bottom line is: debs are easy, rpms arent. if you feel
like adapting the infrastructure to rpms, go ahead.. but whats the point?

also, who are these LSB people, and why do i care what they think?

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