On Fri, Nov 20, 1998 at 11:07:03AM -0800, Joel Klecker wrote: > >Redhat's source packages have advantages over Debian's? What the HELL have > >you been smoking? Debian's source packages are pristine upstream tarball, > >easily viewable diff file, and a PGP signed md5sum file telling you what the > >package does! Redhat's source packages are a proprietary file format > >requiring custom tools and you have source and patches already applied, > >leaving you pretty much to trust the person who packaged the thing not to > >have put anything nasty in there, intentionally or not. > > Wrong, SRPMs usually have at least an upstream tarball (even .tar.Z or > .tar.bz2) and many have several separate patches, a package that comes as > several tarballs (glibc) can also be handled. I sit corrected. AFAIK it should be possible to have multiple files be the upstream source with dpkg, but it does look a bit messy at the very least. > The only real problem I have with SRPMs is the .spec file format and the > fact that one needs 'rpm2cpio.pl' at the very least to unpack one. They have tossed around the idea of changing that. They haven't done it yet. <grumble> -- Show me the code or get out of my way.
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