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Re: Can rpm packages from other linux distribution be used on Debian?

On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 01:16:09AM -0400, Kevin Mark wrote:
> On Fri, May 14, 2004 at 09:50:00PM -0600, s. keeling wrote:
> > I imagine there are cases in which this approach won't work, but we
> > see the same thing from people everyday who are limiting themselves
> > to only using debian tools.  Just look at that stable vs. testing
> > vs. unstable thread a month ago.
> > 
> > And that's possibly the worst news the original poster wants to
> > hear; he's got to make his stuff work on stable, testing, and
> > unstable?!?  Gah!
> Hi S,
> one doesnt make a product 'work' for stable, testing or unstable.
> every package start out it life as an unstable package. And if it
> proves its stability it will get moved to testing. And then if all
> goes well, it moves into stable.  its stability and interaction with
> other packages are the criteria that the debian packager of an authors
> work uses to judge when it is moved to the next phase of readyness for
> 'stable'.

That applies to Debian packages, but not to third-party products being
ported to Debian. The usual approach for those is to build for stable
and deal with other problems if and when they arise.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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