[Mageia-discuss] Attention, please

nicolas vigier boklm at mars-attacks.org
Wed Feb 23 20:39:06 CET 2011

On Wed, 23 Feb 2011, André Machado wrote:

> Well, more precisely, what do you have in mind ?
> Currently, I'm thinking in two main goals:
> I. Create a website where:
>     a. we can promote RPM-based distros usage to general public;

Why only RPM-based distros ?

> II. Make agreement with main RPM distros to standardization:
>     a. Standardize naming and versioning of packages
>           Nowadays, it's common that, in one distro, a package be called
>           'samba' and, in another, 'smb'. Thus, if we try install a
>           package made for the first one in the second, we can break
>           dependence tree. Standardizing the naming and the versioning
>           would solve this issue. Comnpatibility with current distro
>           versions could be achieved by dummy packages.
>     b. Standardize file locations
>           Even if you can install a package made for a distro to another
>           without breaking the dependency tree, can occur in the
>           application does not find the libraries or configuration files
>           that need, being necessary to create symbolic links to them.
>           Standardize the location of these files would solve the problem.
>           Comnpatibility with current and old distro versions could be
>           achieved by symlinks created automatically during install.
>     c. Standardize init scripts
>           By similar reasons.
> Of course, this won't be easy, but let's intone this slogan: "Pack once, install
> everywhere".

It's already difficult to install a package from one release of a
distribution on an other release of the same distribution, which usually
have the same naming of packages, file locations and init scripts ...

But why do you want to be able to do this ?

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