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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Now that apt-rpm is really very stable, I can see no technological reason whatsoever for using Debian. The only reason that remains seems to be social.

    Ooh, now I bet that stirs up a hornet's nest ;-)
    • Not with me. I'm thinking of turning one of my boxes at home into an apt-rpm system.

      I've also been wanting to build a Linux From Scratch [linuxfromscratch.org] system but build rpms, maybe even host my own little mini repository and try to install from it onto another machine.

      I like RedHat. I also like Debian. My friends had a hard time getting me off RedHat onto Debian, but apt finally won out. At the moment, I'd have to say I trust the apt infrastructure for Debian more than I do for rpm systems: I expect it to be more

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Actually I lied. There is one thing that the debian system has over redhat in regards to package management: suggests.

        i.e. AxKit doesn't *need* XML::LibXML or XML::Sablotron or XML::Parser of any of that crap, but it does suggest you get them otherwise it's pretty functionless without them.

        RPM can't encode that relationship as far as I can tell, but debian's package system can.
        • They can encode it, but in my experience it hasn't been used to its fullest potential. I went through the other day and tried to delete a lot of things I didn't want or need. One item I found was an ASCII art package. Couldn't uninstall it because GIMP has it as a dependency. I'm sure it's not used every time I run GIMP, so there's a prime example of something that would work better as a suggestion.

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers