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Re: Are we losing users to Gentoo?

> > "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."
> > 
> > It goes on to explain further with an example, basically they have an
> > extra field to differentiate between packages with the same name.
> rpm does this (using the version as the extra field) and it is a real PITA.

If it can be used to shut people up about "name mangling",
it sounds like a good idea, after all.

Or a "Realname" field, which contains a package name that is unmangled.
(which is basically a Provides: field with versions).


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