also sprach MJM <email@example.com> [2003.07.16.2306 +0200]: > I wasn't serious, but after skimming the package maintainers guide > to see what the right way is I can see why alien would not be > liked. Why on earth did the people deciding what packages to > include allow the alien package to be released? It seems like > instructions and tools for peeing in the pool. it comes in handy when a program is distributed only as RPM (the only one I dealt with is Check Point FW-1) and you want to run it on a Debian system. it should *never* be used with the intent to package something for Debian. even though it does what it does rather well, RPMs are mostly not FHS compliant, nor do they meet up with Debian's quality. You can do better with debhelper and save time if you take into account the long-term fuckups incurred by letting RPMs into your system. Debian is Debian because it's high-quality. RPM is capable of a lot (so this ain't no RPM bashin'), it's just too popular and not governed by quality control such as DEB. -- Please do not CC me when replying to lists; I read them! .''`. martin f. krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> : :' : proud Debian developer, admin, and user `. `'` `- Debian - when you have better things to do than fixing a system Invalid/expired PGP subkeys? Use subkeys.pgp.net as keyserver!
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