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Re: Package System specification

Debian and RedHat people are working on the problem.  They don't wish to
publicize it until there is something tangible in place.  Something about to many
cooks in the kitchen I believe.


Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo wrote:

> David Cantrell <david@slackware.com> writes:
> > Hello,
> >
> >    I was reading through the 0.1 written spec on www.linuxbase.org and
> > came to the section talking about software installation.  It stated
> > that the current plan was to go with RPM as a package format.  Those
> > who didn't like that were to propose an alternative.
> >
> >    Well, I'd like to propose an alternative.  :)
> >
> >    First off, I agree with standards specification.  It's something that
> > should be done so that commercial vendors and end users won't go nuts
> > moving between distributions.  But, I don't think it's necessary to specify
> > everything.
> >
> >    As for the package format specification, I'd like to propose that it
> > be dropped.  Instead, a common installed-software database and package
> > naming scheme be proposed instead.  This way, each distribution can keep
> > the packaging system they like and we offer some level of compatibility
> > between the distributions.
> >
> >    I'd like to get a discussion about this going, so please followup.  :)
> > Also, I apologize if this has been discussed in great detail before. I'm
> > still reading the list archives and haven't quite caught up yet.
> IIRC, the RedHat and Debian people are working on such a proposal (a
> new common package format) privately. Unforunately, I'm not sure who
> the mebers of this "packaging cabal" are, and I for one would like to
> see them open this up a bit.
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