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Re: Why did you chose Debian over CentOS?

On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 06:48, Joe McDonagh <joseph.e.mcdonagh@gmail.com> wrote:
> At the risk of starting a huge religious war:


> 2. The disarray of configuration files vs centralized system config dir
> In RH you have /etc/sysconfig. Almost every single system configuration file
> is under here. In Debian, anything goes.

eh, I think this just what you get used to. Every time I get on a RH-based
machine and need to change a conf file, I get terribly lost.

> 3. RPM vs DPKG query subsystem.
> No, not yum vs. apt-get or aptitude or aptsomethingelse. To find information
> with dpkg seems difficult and unwieldy. Example: Say you want to find what
> package a specific file belongs to. With dpkg you should a dpkg-query -s to
> search the cache. I don't like that. I just want to know what package a
> given file on the filesystem belongs to. rpm -qf $FILE, done.

I use dpkg -S for that, personally; and dpkg -L to list the files that belong
to a package. AFAIK, dpkg can do just about anything dpkg-query and dpkg-deb
can do (it acts as a frontend to those commands). Anyway, I don't see that
much difference between dpkg -S, dpkg-query -S, and rpm -qf.

> The query
> system is general in rpm is simple yet robust. dpkg-query just doesn't do it
> for me. And I also don't like how there are a bunch of dpkg-* files that
> split up various functions of the dpkg system.

I admit I haven't used rpm much at all, but dpkg has always done what I

Kelly Clowers

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