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Re: thought: dpkg and other dists

On Fri, May 29, 1998 at 01:02:24PM -0500, john@dhh.gt.org wrote:
> Stephen Carpenter writes:
> > Some of this discussion has lead me to think a little more about our own
> > dpkg and the problems of multiple distributions using the same package
> > format (ie the idea of an SuSE user downloading RedHat sysvinit and
> > figureing that an RPM is an RPM and installing it)
> Each distribution should include a package named, in our case, 'debian'.
> Packages which will only work on their native distribution would depend on
> it.  Others could recommend or suggest it.

Perhaps the place to look is not in the dependencies but in the .deb
itself.  Right now every package has a 'debian-binary' entry in it
indicating, I assume, that it is indeed a .deb.  This file (or
redhat-binary, or suse-binary) could specify distribution and perhaps
even how important the distribution compliance is.


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