Mihamina (R12y) Rakotomandimby mihamina.rakotomandimby at
Mon Sep 17 18:08:15 UTC 2007

Liam Proven wrote:

>> rpm - dpkg
>> apt - yum(fedora)/urpmi(mandriva)/yast(suse)
> I disagree. There is no benefit at all in distinguishing between the
> end-user tools used to manipulate packages, because there are dozens.
> Both apt and dpkg are package tools, as are aptitude, synaptic,
> kpackage and many others.

Nope. apt cant be used without dpkg.
It's a layer matter.

Yast/URPMI/Yum is on rpm.
Apt is on dpkg.
Synaptic is on apt which is on dpkg.

>  - Debian derivatives use .DEB (managed underneath by dpkg and apt and
> so on, but that is irrelevant; you can get APT for RPM now, for
> instance)

Yes, it existed, but it did not get "famous", because it was a bad idea.

> The best thing to use to ditinguish and compare is the lowest common
> denominator, the package format itself, not the tools used to
> manipulate those packages, because those vary widely and have multiple
> alternatives simultaneously available.

Huge debate then. My POV is definitely not yours...

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