[linux-elitists] [RANT] Debian the Elitist Distribution?

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Fri Feb 20 14:15:42 PST 2004

on Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 08:00:16AM -0800, The Robber of Zork (robber@zork.net) wrote:
> begin  Adam Sampson  quotation:
> > This isn't much help if you're trying to unpack an RPM on a non-Linux
> > system...
> Why so shy? Which "non-Linux system"?

RPM is a binary format.

Standard RPM tools ('rpm' or 'alien') require standard RPM libraries to

By contrast:  a DEB is an 'ar' archive containing two tarballs and a few
standard files.  The format can be trivially unpacked on virtually *any*
Unix system with standard tools, and virtually *any* system, period, to
which standard Unix tools are ported, e.g.:  Cygwin on 'Doze.


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