Need insight on designing a package manager

John Richard Moser nigelenki at
Mon Jan 23 18:43:22 GMT 2006

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Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Jan 2006, John Richard Moser wrote:
>>Christoph Lameter wrote:
>>>That is a problem with Sun Java destroying Debians package tracking 
>>No, Sun Java did something where it put a piece of information on the
>>system (like a cookie) to remind itself that I said no, then aborted
> That is still not following the requirements of the package manager. It 
> should have removed the file or registered it with dpkg.

The package manager expecting packages to behave is like my NULL root
password expecting telnet to behave.

>>Now, this is an arbitrary system change.  Imagine if it decided to
>>install a rootkit?  And dpkg just decides, "Oh, it failed to install"?
>>Do you see a problem?
> Its not dpkg its Sun Java's preinst. And AFAIK Sun Java is not part of 
> debian anyways.

Walk into a Best Buy one day and take a glance at the "PC Software"
isle, then tell me what's not part of your OS.

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