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What is your favourite package management system?

RPM/YUM (RedHat based)
11% (3 votes)
DPKG/APT (Debian based)
41% (11 votes)
pacman (Arch)
15% (4 votes)
TGZ (Slackware)
0% (0 votes)
Portage (Gentoo)
4% (1 vote)
Netpkg (Zenwalk)
0% (0 votes)
Ports (BSD)
4% (1 vote)
Other? (specify in comments)
26% (7 votes)
Total votes: 27

Comments

I enjoy compiling from

I enjoy compiling from source Eye

this is difficult. I would

this is difficult. I would have said 'pacman', but I do not know the arch version, which may be a lot worse than the frugalware one...

Damn, this is a hard

Damn, this is a hard choice, all I know is that I don't like: RPM, apt-get; I have hardly used TGZ or Netpkg, and I find Portage slow (the syncing, I accept the compiling is slow). This leads me to say I dislike all the current package-managers I've tried. I need to give pacman and ports a go sometime.

dylunio

Heh I didn't even vote yet

Heh I didn't even vote yet simply because I can't be sure between pacman and apt-get or something entirely else. I should be trying Zenwalk today so might have some experience with netpkg.

.pup

 

I also enjoy compiling from source. But at PuppyLinux we have a great system called .pup It is very similar to .exe file you click on a .pup and it will install the software.

No hassle, it must be PuppyLinux The Unofficial PuppyLinux Guide

I said apt, I love how easy

 

I said apt, I love how easy it is to use with simple stright-forward commands. I have used ports a lot not as much as apt though, I find that it does the job all fine and dandy but it is slow with downloading and installing things and I have caught it failing a nice few times on getting files.

I also enjoy compiling all

 

I also enjoy compiling all the stuff I use. Anyway I'm running LFS, so it would somehow be weird not to compile everything. But I actually have to admit that there's two pieces of software which I installed from binaries, first one's OpenOffice, and also Java.
Just last week I had a quite big session to update X and to get DRI running. And the last couple of days I compiled some nice games like SuperTux, Wormux and PrBoom.
I guess for some time early next year there's a complete recompile scheduled. But I don't know yet when, I think that might depend on the release of KDE4.

Ooh i like packages system

 

Ooh i like packages system in openbsd, and compiling from source by hand. However, I now use FreeBSD ports, and portsclean/upgrade, which makes keeping packages up to date really easy, so I voted from ports, its as easy as:

cd /usr/ports/path/topackage && make install distclean

smart anyone?

smart works for all rpm, debs and even slack's tgz... I'm surprized it has not been included, as it got a surge of popularity especially among Suse users when Suse's Yast and OpenCarpet were broken. Now on Fedora smart works so much better than yum....

I forgot about smart. I've

I forgot about smart. I've tried it once long ago and it seemed quite powerful, though that was on Slackware.

When I was trying Fedora recently it didn't work so well for me, but I've had a bad luck with FC anyway.. gonna try again when Fedora 7 comes out probably (if it will even be called that way).

setup.exe

 

That's right, setup.exe! I'm almost GUARANTEED an install using this method! Oh yeah, and I will spend more time USING the software than actually installing it!

Sorry, I just spend 3-4 hours last night trying to compile programs from source. Naturally, it didn't work. I guess you have to be "l337" to install software these days.

Kuriharu, which

Kuriharu, which distribution are you using?

I am on Ubuntu and 90% of software I need is available from a few clicks on Synaptic or by typing sudo apt-get install program-name (which ain't leet anymore).

If there isn't a package in repositories available through synaptic, it may be available from a third party repository easily added to /etc/apt/sources.list and it will be available upon updating apt-get (reload in synaptic or apt-get update on command line). I installed Beryl this way.

If even that wont get you the software you need, there may very well be an independent .deb package available for download. You just double click on it and it will, much like what setup.exe does, open a program which lets you install it by clicking "install" button, entering your password and that's it. If it whines about an unsatisfied dependency (which can happen to setup.exe as well) you can easily satisfy it by synaptic most of the time.

Many software vendors (many games, for example), offer install via autopackage. All you have to do is download their program.package and run it. It downloads and installs what is necessary from the web.

I would dare to guess you simply didn't try Ubuntu or Debian yet and are giving yourself more the trouble than you have to. Smiling

I'm eager to know what did you try to install and on which distro?

Thanks

ubuntu user

libervisco wrote:

Kuriharu, which distribution are you using?
...
I would dare to guess you simply didn't try Ubuntu or Debian yet and are giving yourself more the trouble than you have to. Smiling

I'm eager to know what did you try to install and on which distro?

His (?) profile says ubuntu dapper drake. Remaining question: which package?

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