Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2007 16:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Benchmarks "We have developed a new package-management tool, called Opium, that improves on current tools in two ways: Opium is complete, in that if there is a solution, Opium is guaranteed to find it, and Opium can optimize a user-provided objective function, which could for example state that smaller packages should be preferred over larger ones. We performed a comparative study of our tool against Debian's apt-get on 600 traces of real-world package installations. We show that Opium runs fast enough to be usable, and that its completeness and optimality guarantees provide concrete benefits to end users."
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by leibowitz on Mon 4th Jun 2007 23:41 UTC
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Chris: you seems involved in that thing. I must say I'm totally impressed by the way you tackled the problem, and how you and your mates found a solution.

To me the solution does not really matter, I'm not too good at maths. Anyway I like coding, and I'm really interested in your work. So maybe one day I will try to implement it. But I think someone else will do it before I can understand apt source code and how to patch that "thing"-in.

I hope someone will do that soon enough!

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