[kwlug-disc] is it just me, or is debian package management painful?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Aug 13 21:38:36 EDT 2009


> > >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 wasn't going to interject as I don't have anything useful to add
> > to the original question.
> >
> > Funny thing is that I was thinking that you were trying to do
> > something quite out of the ordinary.
>
>   not at all -- it's something i've done on fedora a number of times.
> sometimes, you just want to download an rpm file and install it from a
> local directory, and "yum localinstall" lets you do just that.  it
> will use your configured repos to resolve any dependencies.  i don't
> think that's a particularly arcane operation.
>

Paul seems to have nailed it with gdebi-core package.

As an aside ...

Going to debian from Mandriva (which is RPM based) was a mindset change for
me.

The old way was using Google to search for .rpm's, find which version they
are built for,
downloading them, installing them using rpm -ivh, only to find that there
are unmet
dependencies.

These days are gone with Debian. The repository solves all that.

Yast tried to solve that, but still, if you want to rpm -i something, you
have
to go to dependency hell.
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