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Old 12-10-2005, 08:27 AM   #1
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Software to manage repos from multiple distros?

Hey everyone. I'm kinda perplexed about something. I've been playing with different distros, and as always, I've found myself reinstalling Slackware on my laptop. I kept Ubuntu on my desktop, but only because it detects everything very very well, and it has the benefit of about 17,000 packages that are only an internet connection away.
I reinstalled Slackware on my laptop because, despite my reading of every forum posting and howto I could find on the internet, I cannot get my wireless card working under Ubuntu. It works great under Slack though, with a few customizations in a few files. (Slack really is the best!) I love Slack, but I've gotten a bit lazy from using Ubuntu at home, so I really like the vast software repository that they have.

So here's my question: is there any cross-distro, cross-repo software tool out there that can both resolve dependencies and do it using either .deb's or .tgz's?

I know of alien, but it's only used to convert packages, and from what I understand, it doesn't do a very good job of throwing dependencies into the new package (or am I misinformed?).

If there isn't anything like this, I don't think it would be that difficult to write something that worked as a front-end for alien, and at the same time write/include a script that scans packages for dependencies and writes a dependency file in the new package.

At any rate, if you know of anything like this, please let me know. Everyone's input will be GREATLY appreciated.

Old 12-11-2005, 02:28 AM   #2
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AFAIK, there's no such thing yet. Using package from another distro can cause various problem. Ubuntu and Debian are not even 100 per-cent compatible, although they are all deb based with close relationship. Kpackage is a tool can handle multiple package format, but not for cross-distro, cross-repo as you mentioned.


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