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    why so much ado about packet management?


    hello

    i can't understand where this all ado about packet management comes from.
    i can understand people moan about rpms and their dependencies trap and dispersion, about sources and the need of compiling everything and so on. but there are ports or apt-get for rpms, there is the portage, there is the alien and many other programs.
    after all installing is just copying the right files in the right places, sometimes preceded with compilation, isn't it?
    why can't one distribution support many packet management methods?

    could you please explain it to me or tell me where i could find the answer(s)?

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    I think you mean package management. Packet management is something firewalls do.

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    If you do mean "package management", I think that having too many different package tools included on any Linux distro might cause lots of grief, especially for new Linux users.

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    anomie:
    yes, of course, you're right. i really don't know why i wrote that (a couple of times, to make things worse).

    ozar:
    erm... what i actually wanted to ask is: why do some distros only support debs, some - only rpms and so on. why can't one distro support multiple package management systems?
    or maybe should i ask: why can't there be one system for all?

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    For one distro to support multiple package management systems would be a headache distro programmers and newbies alike.

    But, if you really want a package management sytem from another distro, it is possible.
    For instace, Slackware, you can install slapt-get.
    I have heard that it is possible to install portage on other distros as well.
    It is well documented on how to install apt-get on suse.

    why can't there be one system for all?

    Because nobody can agree on which one it would be.
    Some would say that portage is the best, others would say that apt-get is best, and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    why can't there be one system for all?

    Because nobody can agree on which one it would be.

    That about sums up the situation, I think. Well said.
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