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Old 03-20-2015, 07:07 AM   #1
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Embedded Linux Package Management


I hope this is the right thread for posting this question.

I'm looking for package management for my embedded linux systems (yocto on armv7 iMX6Q, Fedora on Intel Atom, etc.)

I'm looking for the following features:

(a) Install & remove a package
(b) Install packages and its dependencies
(c) Install a package with conflicts, such that the conflicting package is force removed
(d) A local location with packages should serve as a package source
(e) Remote server package (http file server based)
(f) List of my packages installed
(g) List of my packages not installed but available on the http file server
(h) List of my packages that have updates (new version)
(i) To be able to manage packages for multiple architectures (eg. rpm can produce packages for multiple architectures using one spec file)

The above features will be invoked by the application GUI.
Any suggestions: which package management would answer all the above use cases?

I have tried smart + rpm, but from my preliminary research suggests that smart is no longer developed (Am I correct?). Also I failed to setup remote repository [case (e)] and also case (h) failed.

I am currently trying out yum + rpm, but it fails to answer case (f). It can lists all my packages but does not tell me if it is installed or available on the repo.
I could make it work by additional steps, but it will be good if the tool itself supports these features.
It also fails case (c), does not force remove conflicting package.

I also looked at opkg, but the last stable release seems to be v0.2.4 (v0.3.0-rc2 is current). Is it mature enough to be used? Does ipk packages support all features as rpm packages would support (dependencies, conflicts, groups) ?

It would be very helpful if someone who has worked with package management on linux systems can share his experience.

Any inputs will be of help to me. Thanks in advance!
Old 03-21-2015, 03:36 PM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge, no package management system does all that.


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