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Re: apt-like package management on rpm based systems Was: [vox] boy, was that fast!

Quoting Ryan (ryan@mother.com):

> Mandrake's apt workalike, urpm (does dependency resolution, package databases 
> for removable, local, and net, etc), acutaly works pretty well.

It does, but....

Please pardon my indulging a hobbyhorse, here.  Not intending to detract 
from what you said which is perfectly true and useful.

The magic isn't -- and never was -- in the apt tool itself, but rather in
Debian's enforcement of distribution/packaging policy.  Nathan Myers did
as good a job of explaining this as anyone:                                                      

Claudio Matsuoka and Alfredo Kojima at Conectiva confirm this in
describing the obstacles they found in implementing the apt system on
their Brazilian distribution after porting the utility to RPM:                  


Linux-Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, and a whole bunch of others
_cannot_ be as incrementally maintainable as Debian (and Libranet) is.
It's not the fact that they use RPM:  RPM is a perfectly fine package
format.  It's pretty much all in the policy.  

Conectiva comes close, because they went through the hard work of
implementing such a policy.

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