Re: A few questions
A tarball as I understand it is very simple...
it is a directry structure tht has been tard and then gzipped
if you look around...you will find most source coes comes in "tarball" format...
and I believe slackware uses "tarball" for binary distributions
now if we only had a featherball....
as for the RPM and dpkg on source packages...
you can really think of an SRPM (source RPM) as a debian.orrig.tar.gz debian.dsc
and debian.diff.gz al rolled into one file
if you use dpkg-source on the dsc file...
it will unpackge th eoriginal source ("Pristine Source") then apply the
patch to make it "debianized"
then from there it can be built with dpkg-buildpackage
and it makes a nice neat deb (I thing there is another way...in fact
this makes more than a deb...it also remakes the .dsc file and other
> A few questions from a possible future contributor (so please turn down the
> flame throwers as I mean well)
> I've seen the term mentioned here many times, I've looked in the docs but
> can't find the meaning (so it must be slang). What is a tarball?
> On the thread of .deb vs .rpm.... From Maximum RPM I see that rpm will
> actually build the package from original sources ie: apply patches to the
> source, then build from your makefile the binaries, and make the .rpm
> package file. I get the idea that dpkg should do the same, right? (Or is
> it not quite as automated?) Sorry but Redhat's book is better written than
> dpkg documentation. Maybe that's why Bruce wanted to use rpm?
> Other than one is free and the other is not quite... what are the tradeoffs
> between Qt and Gtk? (I'm slightly leaning toward Gtk right now).
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