Re: Package System specification
>> Yes, but the RPM format is far too complex for a standard, IMHO. In
>> Slackware, we offer "rpm2targz" which converts an RPM to a .tgz file.
>> Users have reported successful and unsuccessful installations of these
>> converted RPMs. I have also had varying success.
>Then either rpm2targz is broken, or you were doomed to failure because the
>things the RPM needed to work properly weren't available on your system.
>The RPM file format is nothing more than an archive of files and some data all
>bound up neatly so that it can be cryptographically signed. There is no magic
>In fact, RPM *comes with* rpm2cpio, a tool that simply spits out a cpio stream
>of files in the archive. If rpm2targz can't use this already existing feature
>of RPM to make a tarball correctly, well, that isn't RPM's fault.
OK, this was not meant to start a flame war. My point was that package
converters will never work as well as the real program for the original
package. Even if the converter and converted-to-system install it
flawlessly, you still leave open the possibility of missing something from
an embedded script that doesn't exist in the converted-to-format.
You simply can't guarantee that RPM will work unless all distributions use
RPM natively, include the same software, and the same versions of everything.
When I say work I mean "I get this RPM from a software company and tell rpm
to install it."
>> What's the main reason this is being done anyway? I'm assuming it's
>> for commercial vendors to easily offer Linux versions of their software
>> and have it installable on all of the distributions. I just think
>> selecting RPM is way too much of an overkill for such as standard. It
>> will introduce far too many more problems than it solves.
>This just goes back to the "dependencies are necessary" argument. Most of the
>free world seems to agree that they are, Slackware users don't.
I'm not against dependencies If there is a dependency, it should be the LSB.
Written correctly, that could work and commercial vendors would have no problems
porting or writing software for an LSB-compliant system. Anything that isn't
in the specification would need to be provided by that vendor, as well as an
installation system (it's not really a big deal...look at Star Office and
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