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Re: What do you wish for in an package manager?

On Thu, Dec 28, 2000 at 11:23:24PM +0000, Mark Seaborn wrote:
> They are unrelated if they do not need to communicate (as an
> example).  If they do not need to communicate, they may as well run on 
> different machines, in which case they can use different versions of
> libc.  But I want to be able to merge those two machines into one --
> this is what a multi-user system is all about -- and have the two
> programs continue to use different libcs.

But hang on.. libc should be backwards compatible. If the new version
of libc is not backwards compatible with the old, it should have a new
major version number. And libcs with different version numbers can
already co-exist.

So, unless something is broken in libc, there is no need to have multiple
versions with the same major number installed.

> As I suggested before, it would be easy if different processes could
> have different views on the filesystem.  This is feasible on the
> Hurd.  Linux is not as flexible, unfortunately.  I can envisage

Whoa.. we're well beyond what can be implemented in a package manager now.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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