Re: FatELF patches...
From: Ryan C. Gordon
Date: Sun Nov 01 2009 - 21:23:55 EST
> So why exactly do we want FatELF. It was obsoleted in the early 1990s
> when architecture handling was introduced into package managers.
I'm not minimizing your other points by trimming down to one quote. Some
of it I already covered, but mostly I suspect I'm talking way too much, so
I'll spare everyone a little. I'm happy to address your other points if
you like, though, even the one where you said I was being desperate. :)
Most of your points are "package managers solve this problem" but they
simply do not solve all of them.
Package managers are a _fantastic_ invention. They are a killer feature
over other operating systems, including ones people pay way too much money
to use. That being said, there are lots of places where using a package
manager doesn't make sense: experimental software that might have an
audience but isn't ready for wide adoption, software that isn't
appropriate for an apt/yum repository, software that distros refuse to
package but is still perfectly useful, closed-source software, and
software that wants to work between distros that don't have
otherwise-compatible rpm/debs (or perhaps no package manager at all).
I'm certain I'm about to get a flood of replies that say "you can make a
cross-distro-compatible RPM if you just follow these steps" but that
completely misses the point. Not all software comes from yum, or even from
an .rpm, even if most of it _should_. This isn't about replacing or
competing with apt-get or yum.
I'm certain if we made a Venn diagram, there would be an overlap. But
FatELF solves different problems than package managers, and in the case of
ia32 compatibility packages, it helps the package manager solve its
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