Bill Huey (hui) billh at gnuppy.monkey.org
Mon May 31 13:38:02 PDT 2004

On Mon, May 31, 2004 at 03:06:09PM +0200, Gabriel Ebner wrote:
> Rahul Siddharthan wrote:
. .. 
> Neither can apt-get/dpkg.  Portage seems to be the only packaging system
> that is able to have multiple versions of the same package in portage
> and/or installed at the same time.

1) Nobody sane is running those older KDE/GNOME packages anyways. You
generally are running one version or the other. I have yet to see anybody
fully exploit the problems regarding multipule version of a package and
name collisions.

2) Building something like KDE/GNOME is nearly impossible to do, let
alone the wait for it to finish building. I have had build literally
take days to finish and people pushing "ports" style system can't ignore
that. The world isn't fixed and it's highly desirable to run even the
latest stuff off of the CVS from those projects. I use to do it all of
the time and without problems under Debian.

I really don't see the advantage of dependency tracked packing systems
that you state. apt-get/dpkg does pretty much everything one would like
out of a normal packaging system without very many complaints.


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