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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RE: Real deal?
by lezard on Sun 6th Jan 2008 11:37 UTC 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[3]: Real deal?
by raboof on Sun 6th Jan 2008 22:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Real deal?"
raboof Member since:
2005-07-24

Looks like xar is more an alternative to formats like zip and tar+gz, rather than a package format in itself.

Looks like RPM5 uses xar and defines a new RPM-like packaging format on top of it. Not sure what problem that's intended to solve.

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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[3]: Real deal?
by mkone on Sun 6th Jan 2008 13:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Real deal?"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

Redhat could always change their minds. They have shown that they are not averse to doing so in the past (see inclusion of mono).

If it turns out to be much better, whilst maintaining compatibility with older rpms, then it is not inconceivable that they could adopt it.

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