[nSLUG] Distributions and Dependencies
donald.teed at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 12:54:22 AST 2006
I was going to make a comment about dependancies and
package management, but after thinking about it, I suspect
that perhaps this is an area that has matured in Linux,
across all distributions.
I suspect that anyone's view of what is robust
is likely coloured favourably by the distros they have
used in the last 3 years versus the ones they have avoided
in the last 3 years but had used prior to that.
Gentoo is partly exempt from that trend, because they don't
understand or give importance to QA and probably never will.
Debian is an example someone may have been stung
by once in the past, and it is remarkably good now.
On 2/24/06, Joseph Dunn <me at joedunn.com> wrote:
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> Ferdora with Yum should handle dependency hell pretty well. I'm using
> Centos 3.4 and yum is pretty good. Its no portage on Gentoo, but yum
> gets the job done.
> Dop Ganger wrote:
> > On Fri, 24 Feb 2006, David Potter wrote:
> >> So... I'm ready to upgrade Fedora Core 3 to Core 4 and I'm bumping
> >> into the package dependency wall.
> > They still haven't fixed that? Deary me...
> >> If I'm thinking of a new install, there's no reason not to consider
> >> a new distribution... so I'm open for suggestions.
> > Debian?
> >> Is there a proper tool or approach to unravel the dependencies...
> > apt handles the dependencies pretty well. When something is
> > terminally hosed (eg, when I have extra repositories set up with
> > conflicting versions of software) apt will do its best. Running
> > through dselect, any conflicts remaining are displayed after dselect
> > has tried to fix them for you.
> > If you want to really get rid of dependencies, go with Slackware and
> > compile everything from source. I'm too lazy to do that these days,
> > though.
> > Cheers... Dop.
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