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Re: [FLAME WARNING] Linux Standards Base and Debian

Its been a while, but if I remember correctly, RPMs are in cpio format.


Ethan Benson wrote:

On Wed, May 09, 2001 at 01:08:21PM -0400, Albert den Haan wrote:

The LSB's LCD ("Lowest Common Denominator") is working on a simple package
system that is the *intersection* of capabilities the major ones in current
use.  Yes the RPM V3 [1] package archive file format is being used (as
*.lsb files), but to handle data dpkg both requires and will not choke on.

[1] Note that this archive file format is understood by both the rpm V3 and
V4 programs.

may i suggest you use a more generic format?  .debs are nothing more
then an ar archive containing a couple gzipped tarballs.  they can
extracted on virtually any system, regardless of OS even.  this is a
tremendous advantage IMO, both because for example slackware need not
put rpm into thier distro, and more importantly for recovery
purposes.  it can be a life saver to be able to quickly extract a
package on a badly hosed system.  (lets say a bout of filesystem
corruption wipes out /bin/rpm) and yes i have had this type of thing
happen before.  debian's human readable and editable package database,
and open and standard ar+tar+gzip package format saved me from a
this choice of using the rpm binary format should be reconsidered
IMNSHO.  i don't really care whether you use the debian ar+tar+gzip,
or just plain .tar.gz, just use something i can extract *anywhere*
with the most basic and standard tools, without having to go and
compile rpm or some rpm archive extracter.

Timothy H. Keitt
Department of Ecology and Evolution
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Phone: 631-632-1101, FAX: 631-632-7626

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