[linux-elitists] Gentoo Linux Releases 2004.3 (fwd from email@example.com)
Wed Nov 17 16:47:41 PST 2004
On 17 Nov 2004, Aaron Sherman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> gentoo will probably develop (may already have for all I know) hybrid
> schemes around package management that allow the flexibility of their
> current model and the transactionness of extant binary-based models, but
> until that happens I'm not sure that they have a place in most
> "enterprise" environments (that is, until you can run a level 1
> diagnostic, it's now allowed on the bridge).
I'm not sure what you mean by transactionness; if you mean that
packages are semi-atomically installed and upgraded then it already
does that. This is a big advantage of Gentoo over merely doing "make
install" from random source trees -- it remembers where files came
from and can remove or upgrade them cleanly. I imagine Gentoo tends
to increase entropy less than say LFS.
This is why saying "well, you can just build from source on Debian
too" is not a full answer: if you do that, the installed files are not
managed or controlled. (OK, you can use stow, but it's kludgy to need
to introduce a second package manager.) Building a new deb from
unpackaged source is a lot of work for the inexperienced; making a new
ebuild is pretty trivial.
I'd really like if rather than just producing tarballs they could
produce RPMS which carry dependency information with them, and if
there was a more complete selection of GRP binaries.
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