[linux-elitists] Gentoo Linux Releases 2004.3 (fwd from brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org)

Mike MacCana mmaccana@redhat.com
Wed Nov 17 18:23:12 PST 2004

Martin Pool wrote:

>On 17 Nov 2004, Aaron Sherman <ajs@ajs.com> 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).
>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.
According to Seth The Yum Dude, the next version of yum will do this - 
fetch a source package ,build it with your preferred flags, and fetch 
futher source packages for dependencies.


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