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Old 07-27-2010, 04:02 AM   #1
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Question about package management

I've tried Fedora 12 and Ubuntu 9.10. I guess Fedora uses RPM which I found really slow to access. Kept getting a "in queue" message every time I tried to download something. While Ubuntu uses Debian which works great. What other package management or repositories are there for Linux? What does Slackware or Gentoo use? Thanks.
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Slackware - compile your own

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Old 07-27-2010, 04:14 AM   #3
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Regarding your comments around Fedora/rpm; I suspect the slowness you experienced is due to the repository you're using and the network connection to it.

RPM itself is not slow at all; and in Fedora/RHEL/CentOS a further tool called yum exists as a wrapper for RPM - and handles dependency management for you.
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Actually Slackware uses a compressed archive "packages" (gzipped tar, unless the newest versions have moved forward), so you don't have to compile everything yourself. The thing is, altough it is possible to put tools on it that mimic the works of yum or apt, the good old Slackware works so that you install some packages during the installation, and later if you need, you obtain the packages yourself (off the installation media or internet or create your own if you want to) and use the package tool to install them.

The package management systems do not differ so much from each other in the end, only in details. If you're interested, extract some of the popular "package formats" (archives, say for example rpm and deb) into the bunch of files that they really are and do some comparison. You'll find no magic there


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