[kwlug-disc] is it just me, or is debian package management painful?
Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Thu Aug 13 16:42:59 EDT 2009
On Thu, 13 Aug 2009, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 4:28 PM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> case in point: i have a .deb file sitting in front of me, on the
> system. i want to install it, and have the process automatically go
> out and grab the deps for it. AFAICT, no single command for that.
> I don't know about your specific case, but dpkg is at a very low
> level down the .deb chain. Higher level tools are the ones that
> should be used to resolve dependencies and install what is needed.
> By using dpkg, you are going down to a low level.
i realize that. and i'm still unsure as to how to do what i
described above. is there a way?
> similarly, i have the .deb file of a newer version for a package
> that's already installed. how to upgrade using that, again with deps
> being handled automagically? no idea.
> For me, on production systems, I want to stay with whatever is in
> the repository, because that is tested together as a whole and
> dependencies, compatibilities are resolved.
and, again, that doesn't answer my question. i appreciate that
there may be things i want to do that are arcane and obscure, but i
don't think the above operations qualify. i think they're pretty
straightforward. and i don't see how to do them.
Robert P. J. Day Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry.
Web page: http://crashcourse.ca
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