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Re: dftp & dselect

>I don't follow.  I use dselect/ftp to upgrade my system.  Could you
>elaborate a little more on the difference between dftp and dselect/ftp
>method?  To the casual observer, they appear to do the same
>thing--dftp just has more features.

Actually, dselect has more features.  Dftp was written before there was
an FTP method for deselect.  The idea behind dftp was to monitor which
packages had changed and allow easy fetch and upgrade of those packages.
Unfortunately, dftp has no dependancy calculations and the like.

Dftp presents the user with a list of all packages that are new or
have been updated and allows the user to choose which ones to
retrieve/install.  Dselect, on the other hand, requires that you know
the package you want to install.

The latest version of dftp will now run on an NFS mount, CD-ROM, etc.,
so you can determine what has changed between what is installed and
what is available on distributions other than FTP.

I hope this clears things up.  Please ask if there is still something
you don't understand.

                                 ( bcwhite@bnr.ca )

    In theory, theory and practice are the same.  In practice, they're not.

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