[linux-elitists] [RANT] Debian the Elitist Distribution?
Fri Feb 20 21:01:55 PST 2004
On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 08:00:16AM -0800, The Robber of Zork (email@example.com) 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.
As is tar. We already know this.
> Standard RPM tools ('rpm' or 'alien') require standard RPM libraries to
Its important that any Linux system can unpack an package, and RPM meets
that (using my personal definition of 'Linux', which is a Linux
distribution that is attempting to conform to the LSB. If it isn't, then I
don't think it's Linux. Yes, really).
The advantage of being able to unpack a Linux (RPM) package on other non
Linux systems is pretty minimal. Does the fact that bz2 isn't installed on
most proprietary Unix or Windows make .bz2 a 'non Unix native' date
format? Nope, because you can get tools to easily unpack a bz2 on Soalris,
Windows, etc. As you can with RPM.
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