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A. Pagaltzis pagaltzis@g...
Wed Apr 27 07:16:07 NZST 2005

* Oliver Jones <oliver@d...> [2005-04-26 12:35]:
> No nifty tools to upgrade versions or patch bugs.  You could
> run the setup tools and install something still on the CD but
> that was about it.

man upgradepkg

> When you wanted to install a new application that didn't come
> with your distro you had to download the source and build it
> yourself.  This ultimately became a nightmare.  Especially if
> you wanted to uninstall something that had sprayed itself all
> over /usr/local and didn't have a 'uninstall' make build
> target.

man checkinstall


make install DESTDIR=/tmp/makepkg
man makepkg

> Or if the application required a different version of a library
> you had already installed.

Package managers can’t make that any easier. Centralized package
repositories can.

In short, you can very well do without any dependency management,
without a large package repository, building stuff from source,
and you can still have package management, and get all the
vital benefits, though not all the convenience.


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