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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I can't comment about ubuntu per se but having used both rpm based and deb/apt based distros (Red Hat and Debian) I can't square the idea of rpm being convenient. Even on my Red Hat training course it caused problems, deb/apt is a superior solution, it just works.

    I'm told that Mandriva (aka Mandrake) is a good distribution, but then again I'm told that [k]ubuntu is also a good distribution, I've not really used either so I can't really comment. Both ubuntu and Knoppix live disks booted perfectly on my ant

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    • RPM is more convenient that tar.gz based source distros -- but even Gentoo now has "emerge" for easy-in.
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      Bill
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      • I've never used a tar.gz based distro, so I can't comment, but on my official Red Hat training course we hit "RPM Hell" where we couldn't install something because of a failed dependancy, and it was impssible to solve without being told which extra package to install first. That wouldn't happen with a deb/apt system.

        I can see that rpm is better than what went before, and the typical monolithic solution on Windows systems.

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        • How did the RH course recommend solving the RPM Hell problem? Is there a master-list of dependancies?

          I gather there's a port of "apt" to manage RPM's and their dependencies, as long as the repository has the dep's, which the major ones do now. Why would anyone not ?-)
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          Bill
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          • There is some online tool which they sell, but on the course the instructor knew what rpm to install first, so we did that, then the actual rpm we needed installed okay. Without the instructor telling us which rpm to use, we would have been googling for an answer...

            There is an "apt" tool in Fedora Core, but not Red Hat Enterprise - though you could probably install the Fedora one.

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