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Re: redhat updates add new prerequisites (huh?)



On Tue, May 21, 2002 at 07:09:34PM -0400, seth vidal (skvidal phy duke edu) wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-05-21 at 18:45, Jose Borges Ferreira wrote:
> > Debian has that for a long time. And now Conectiva have ported the
> > wonderful APT :D
> > 
> > Just give a look at http://apt.freshrpms.net/ . It does what you
> > describe : "packages as you need".
> > 
> > With alternatives intruduced in 7.3 this will work even better. This is
> > very powerful beacause you'll have a package call mta which can be
> > provided by sendmail,postfix,qmai,exim,etc and combining that with an
> > application that automaticlly satisfy your dependencies this will be
> > great
> > 
> 
> Does apt handle file-dependencies and obsoletes in rpm?

Yes. For example, if you want to install a package that requires 1 or
more other packages to be installed, apt will download and install the
other packages as well.

For examples of how apt works, look here:

http://freshrpms.net/apt/examples.html

APT rocks.  I use it in the kickstart %post to install all updates on
kickstarted boxes.  Then I keep boxes up-to-date with a nightly cron job
that grabs and installs the latest updates.  Since APT allows you to
specify 'held packages' (packages you don't want to upgrade/install),
this is a safe way to maintain boxes.  I highly recommend checking it
out.  Perhaps someday RedHat will include it in its standard
distribution.

There are a few APT-RPM repositories out there, but it's also very
simple to setup your own.  If you have a kickstart server, you're
already half-way there.
-- 
Amy Tanner
amy real-time com

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