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Old 04-05-2005, 02:28 AM   #1
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Do DEB-based distros have the dependancy hell like RPM-based ones?

Do DEB-based distros have the dependancy hell like RPM-based ones?

I do know RPM-based distros have it, but i am looking for other distros.
If DEB-based don't have the dependancy hell, then i will try to pick a DEB-based distro.
Old 04-05-2005, 02:48 AM   #2
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RPM dependency hell happens for a variety of reasons. Some include not using the tools provided by your distribution to manage packages, e.g. yum, apt, urpmi etc. Another is downloading third party packages from the web, which may not have been built for your distro or distro version hence resulting in a lot of unsatisfied requirements. If you use tools like apt, yum and urpmi, package management on rpm based distros is fairly easy and dependencies are automatically resolved, thus eradicating the so called "rpm hell" that many people talk about.

Debian based distributions use apt/synaptic, so dependencies are automatically resolved. Debians apt/synaptic worked quite well compared to the tools that rpm based distros had a few years ago and thats why Conectiva ported it to rpm based distros.
Old 04-05-2005, 06:08 AM   #3
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modern RPM tools (at least in Mandrake) are at the same level as DEB: almost the same usage, and the same "hell"... if you don't use the right repositories, or if you don't use the distribution tools.



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