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apt-rpm article -- the features we don't have

Interesting article on LWN: http://lwn.net/Articles/60650/ (subscription
required) In summary, apparently apt-rpm users can now do some things
with apt that we cannot.

To install a package directly, with apt downloading any necessary
  apt-get install rpmver-2.0-13498cl.i386.rpm

Similarly, to check the build depends of a source package file:
  apt-get build-dep apt-listchanges-1.49-11104cl.src.rpm

Next is a bit about local repositories that work w/o a Packages file.
Instead of needing to keep the Packages file up-to-date, apt just scans
the rpm files in the local repository directory. Of course this needs a
file:// repository. Sounds just a smidgen easier than using

There is something vague about improvements in the "upgrading
algorythm" that may or may not apply to us.

There is a bit about an apt shell which sounds mildly interesting.

The rest of the new features seem more applicable to rpm than to deb.

At least the first three things I've mentioned above would be nice
features to have in debian. Not killer, but nice. Of course apt-rpm is a
branch/fork from out apt, so I wonder how long it will be before we do..

see shy jo

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