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RE: ITP: dpkg

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nicholas Wourms [] 
> Sent: Thursday, 18 July 2002 9:49 PM
> To: Robert Collins

> >2) I'm not trying to 'race' Nicholas's rpm efforts. I don't think we
> >should -ever- place cygwin maintainers in a position where they must
> >have either dpkg or rpm on their home system in order to create
> >packages. That's why I want setup to support *both* .rpm and 
> .deb file
> >formats. Conversely, I think maintainers should be able to 
> have either
> >or both dpkg and rpm available as tools to use when building 
> packages.
> >
> I disagree about the latter comments, but time is too short.  
> Let's just 
> say that my stand is that we should eventually deprecate the tar.gz 
> method as it is inherently flawed.  I agree that setup should support 
> debs, but we should have a single, unified format for the 
> cygwin-distribution itself.  Since it is a RedHat product, it 
> only makes 
> sense that this format should be rpm.  However, supporting debs for 
> auxillary installations is perfectly fine.

Until Redhat make cygwin CD's available in my local bookshop for a
similar price to RedHat linux CD's, I don't care. It doesn't make sense
for the native unified format to be rpm on the sole basis of RedHat
purchasing Cygnus Solutions. 
> >3) In case there is any doubt: I am not trying to make the cygwin net
> >distribution over in debian's image. If I wanted to do that, 
> I would be
> >contributing my time to the debian-w32 port effort. I'm 
> simply trying to
> >get my favourite packaging tool available for my use, and 
> share it with
> >others if they want it.
> >
> I should hope not, what with their glacier-like release schedule...

Yep. However, 8000+ packages is enough to give anyone pause. 
> >Feedback welcomed
> >
> I'm certain you know where I stand...

Actually, I don't. You've made some opinionated statements, but not
argued any particular case so far. I'm assuming you love rpm|loath dpkg
or something like that.


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