[Beowulf] Re: wajig for Ubuntu/Debian package management

Leif Nixon nixon at nsc.liu.se
Mon Feb 18 03:10:36 PST 2008

Tim Cutts <tjrc at sanger.ac.uk> writes:

> On 15 Feb 2008, at 11:57 pm, Andrew Piskorski wrote:
>> Their only other major flaw that I'm aware of, is that, just like all
>> the rpm based tools, you can only have one single version of a binary
>> package installed at a time (yuck!).
> That's not true.  Look at the gcc or emacs packages.  Or automake.  Or
> autoconf.  Many, many versions, all of which can coexist on your
> system at the same time, and you can use update-alternatives to choose
> which one is the default.  The trick is that the packages have to have
> different names, so in the case of gcc there are gcc-3.3, gcc-3.4,
> gcc-4.1 etc.

But that's not the same package, then. Hm, can you have a package
depend on "any version of gcc", without listing the various gcc
packages explicitly?

Andrew, which tools don't let you have more than one version of an rpm

Leif Nixon                       -            Systems expert
National Supercomputer Centre    -      Linkoping University

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