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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

On Tue, 07 Jun 2005, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> Petri Latvala wrote:
> >1) divert the other? what's the use of another package version then
> That depends on system-wide vs per-user vs per-environment.

If you want something done per-user/per-environment, you can always
use dpkg-deb -x foo.deb .; or whatever to unpack the version you want
to run manually.

Alternatively, you can have a chroot with the strange versions that
you want.

Having multiple versions system wide when you haven't explicitly
planned for multple versions is just asking for madness. It's
especially insane when there are already reasonable methods for having
multiple versions of things installed when that is a reasonable thing
to do. (Think libfoo2, autoconf2.13 or similar.)

Don Armstrong

"For those who understand, no explanation is necessary.
 For those who do not, none is possible."

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