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View Poll Results: What is your preferred Linux Package Management System?
Conary 0 0%
dpkg / APT 160 45.98%
Pacman 27 7.76%
Portage 17 4.89%
RPM / urpmi 10 2.87%
RPM / YUM 50 14.37%
RPM / ZYpp 12 3.45%
tgz / pkgtools 26 7.47%
tgz / slackpkg 36 10.34%
tgz / slapt-get 10 2.87%
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:44 PM   #61
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let's not forget stow stow. Great for managing multiple versions of third party software for both root and non-root users.

Old 09-17-2014, 03:35 AM   #62
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I voted for rpm/Zypper. But that is because I use YAST2 on openSuSE. So I confess to laziness since package management is incredibly simple with it. I use some of the others too, but not as often as YAST2, so I'm not as familiar with them. Maybe that is the reason for my preference.
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I have always been an APT fan simply because I found this package management easiest to work with, (and it's relatives; aptitude, synAPTic and dpkg). My experimenting with Fuduntu in 2013 came off very badly when I decided to install the RPM version of APT and it crashed my system. Some things can't be ported and used straight away owing to bugs. I discovered this when I checked to see why the system crashed. Due to a bug, APT was calling up DEB repo's from Debian Squeeze and trying to install them into RPM based Fuduntu. I tried to change the repos back to Fedora, but the changes wouldn't hold in the sources.list file. It's most likely fixed by now.

I'm not trying to crush Fuduntu, I did like it quite a lot as it had a nice GUI and the dock was easy to add/remove apps to and from. But being a die-hard APT lover/user, I just couldn't let it go.

After two weeks of not using it, I broke out into a sweat, clammy palms and nightmares at night, all the marks of an addict. An addict of ease of use of the best package management system I've ever used. From then onwards, I used VirtualBox to run and experiment other OS's. The shaking and sweating eased off and I'm now back to normal, but I'll never have another "affair" again.

For me, APT is the best. :-)
Old 09-17-2014, 06:27 AM   #64
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Would have been nice to see other choices. There are many other package managers out there. For instance, I was using spkg with Slackware for a while. Coming from a DOS/Windows environment where I use a lot of portable apps, I have not been thrilled with any of the package managers out there. I found Slackware's basic package system (without dependency handling) useful for building applications on Linux. It didn't noticeably get in my way. I've use apt/synaptic on Debian. Synaptic is user friendly, but it's frustrating when I know dependencies are okay and it flags the situation as an issue. It's also a nuisance when building from source to create the packages for apt. I like a lot more freedom than most package managers offer and I like to make the decisions on whether different dependencies will work together or not. I also like tools that make it easy to build your own packages. Unable to find exactly what I wanted in the package managers out there (and I've tried or read about the design of several of them), I decided to write my own. It's highly portable (works on Linux, BSD, Windows and DOS), customizable and it provides the functionality I want most in a package manager. I've been using it for 4 years now and continue to make improvements and add new tools as I need them.

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Old 09-17-2014, 06:35 AM   #65
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Originally Posted by lm8 View Post
...(works no Linux, BSD, Windows and DOS)...
Old 09-17-2014, 06:38 AM   #66
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Smile What is your preferred Linux Package Management System?

Hi for all !
Old 09-17-2014, 06:46 AM   #67
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I have been using Linux(Mint only) for 2months. I never even heard of other managers. I have experience with MATE and Cinnamon and just the versions out after July1, i guess. I have Synaptic manager and use the apt and dpkg,that is it.
Now, I have learned there are more adn will be trying since I have installed Mint in 2 laptops and one new build. 990FXA UD3,FX8120 w/sapphire dual x OC7950 3gbddr5. laptop is Toshiba A215. Turion x2 64bit 1.9gb that i can use again. had been unable to work with vista for 2yrs, worked but way too slow. has 4gb ram and 160gb hdd.
LInux saved that laptop , so now it is capable of surfing, email and basic tasks. fast as the web sites-makes it a viable option, now. not much more than playing videos/movies well,too.
Old 09-17-2014, 10:34 AM   #68
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Originally Posted by suicidaleggroll View Post
yum for me. I've used apt extensively but its search ability just feels pitiful by comparison.
I've always thought that, but put it down to the labeling of packages rather than the tool employed to search: having dictionaries tagged as "word-processor" rather than "dictionary" or "wget appearing on a search for "firewall"!
Old 09-17-2014, 10:56 AM   #69
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Where is the "Compile from Source" option?
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Originally Posted by Willy Everlearn View Post
Where is the "Compile from Source" option?
That would be "make", which has been mentioned a few times.

Unless you're really into lots of gcc etc commands.
Old 09-17-2014, 01:55 PM   #71
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Talking slapt-get


I really like slapt-get, especially with --search, even better when you're not connected to the web, it permits you to check for an installed package on your system. Really really really usefull. (=

Go Slackware Go (=
Old 09-17-2014, 02:52 PM   #72
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I like dpkg/APT package manager
Old 09-18-2014, 11:22 AM   #73
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I voted for apt as I believe that is what Ubuntu Update-manager uses
Old 09-18-2014, 11:34 AM   #74
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APT is winning by a wide margin lots of Debian folks on this board
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txz, tgz / slackpkg
txz, tgz / installpkg, removepkg, upgradepkg, makepkg

The slackpkg+ add-on for slackpkg is also worth mentioning


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