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Re: Are we losing users to Gentoo?

On Thu, Nov 21, 2002 at 12:24:15AM +1100, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> "In addition Portage supports the concept of SLOTs. In the development of
> Gentoo Linux its developers often found that we needed to have multiple
> versions of certain packages (such as libraries) installed to satisfy the
> demands of other packages. The traditional approach to solving this
> problem has been to treat different versions of the same package as
> different packages with slightly different names."
> In debian we do mangle package names a lot, sometimes appending library
> version numbers to the name of the package, sometimes we append the
> distribution name the package name, its a bit of a hack.
> "Instead of the developers learning to treat certain versions as separate
> packages, the developers taught Portage how to handle and maintain several
> versions of the same package though the use of SLOTs."

this makes perfect sense, and would be very nice to have in debian imho

cu  robert

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