Re: installation question

Nathan Widmyer (
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 17:58:07 -0500

I know what you were saying but rpm is better than tar.gz because it installs it
all correctly, more than tar.gz because it's all compiled and if you need another
package to install it, it will tell you unlike tar.gz where the configure script
must say if you need it.  Chances are that Debian and others copied Red Hat's
Package Manager because Red Hat is more or less the pioneer in Linux for the main
base of consumers.

Michal Vitecek wrote:

>    well - because of RH splitting the Xpm, X and other packages into
>  libraries, header files and static libraries, many RH newbies have
>  problems with compiling stuff just because they thought having the
>  libraries is enough. (it is enough, but only for running already compiled
>  programs, not for compiling your own programs of course).
>    note that i wasn't talking about the functionality of rpm program
>  itself nor the RH distribution. i was talking about the misleading way
>  guys at RH chose for packaging things.
> btw.: rpm is not the only solution to package management and dependency -
> look at debian's deb. also in slackware and *bsd systems there are *.tgz
> packages which can be handled by special package commands (pkgtool,
> pkg_add, pkg_delete) which preserve the dependency. so .tar.gz is not that
> bad and rpm is not the only way.
> Nathan Widmyer wrote:
> >Michal, don't be too quick to place blame on Red Hat, rpm's are a lot better
> >than tar.gz's.  I'm not trying to start anything, I'm standing up for Red Hat
> >because it's in my opinion better than any other distribution.
> >
> >Michal Vitecek wrote:
> >
> >>  it's RH "clever" idea (== very stupid thing) to cut packages into devel
> >>  (header files etc) and libs (shared libraries), which causes lot of
> >>  confusion for RH users (mainly newbies).
> >
> >
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