Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 6th Jan 2008 07:41 UTC, submitted by Sabz
General Development After seven months of comprehensive development, the popular Unix software packaging tool RPM Package Manager (RPM) was released as stable version 5.0.0. This version builds portably on a wide variety of Unix platforms and includes initial support for XAR as a package format, among other features.
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Real deal?
by handy on Sun 6th Jan 2008 11:18 UTC
handy
Member since:
2005-07-06

This is not the official rpm 5 right? If I remember correct it was somekind of fork? In other words will Redhat start using it?

Anyways RPM (with yum) is a rock-solid package system which never failed on us.

Edited 2008-01-06 11:33

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RE: Real deal?
by lezard on Sun 6th Jan 2008 11:37 in reply to "Real deal?"
lezard Member since:
2005-10-11

That is a good question: will Mandriva, Novell/OpenSUSE and Red Hat/Fedora use it? I'm very happy to use urpmi with rpm.

Another question, what is exactly the XAR format?

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RE[2]: Real deal?
by IceCubed on Sun 6th Jan 2008 12:03 in reply to "RE: Real deal?"
IceCubed Member since:
2005-07-01

RE: Another question, what is exactly the XAR format?

Why xar is interesting
http://code.google.com/p/xar/wiki/whyxar

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RE[2]: Real deal?
by superman on Sun 6th Jan 2008 12:03 in reply to "RE: Real deal?"
superman Member since:
2006-08-01

> will Mandriva, Novell/OpenSUSE and Red Hat/Fedora use it?

No.

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RE: Real deal?
by superman on Sun 6th Jan 2008 12:02 in reply to "Real deal?"
superman Member since:
2006-08-01

> If I remember correct it was somekind of fork?

Jeff Johnson RPM : http://rpm5.org/ .

Red Hat/Fedora/SuSE/Mandriva RPM : http://www.rpm.org/ .

One of the reasons of Jeff Johnson fork :
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=119185

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RE[2]: Real deal?
by gilboa on Sun 6th Jan 2008 14:45 in reply to "RE: Real deal?"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

The full story:
http://lwn.net/Articles/196523/

- Gilboa

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RE[2]: Real deal?
by buff on Sun 6th Jan 2008 16:04 in reply to "RE: Real deal?"
buff Member since:
2005-11-12

wow, reading through that bug was kind of painful. It is unfortunate that people respond in a work environment with nastiness. There is no need for that. Johnson makes a reasonable argument that typing 'yum update' should not leave your system in a fragmented state if only part of a package is installed. I would think transactional accounting would be a requirement for updating a system. It makes me relieved that I got out of the software industry. It is annoying when good ideas get blocked based on egos and bad middle management.

Edited 2008-01-06 16:05

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v RE[2]: Real deal?
by n3npq on Mon 7th Jan 2008 08:00 in reply to "RE: Real deal?"