A Suggestion For A Simple Package Manager

Tobias Gasser lfs at ebp-gasser.ch
Fri Mar 20 01:01:04 PDT 2009

> A good package manager is, IMO, a necessity.

i'll explain why i NEVER will use any package-manager:

have a look at the configure options with php5:

depending on what other packages i've alread installed, the php package 
will contain the mcrypt/mhash ONLY IF NEEDED, same with mysql or pgsql, 
the imap-functionnality, the soap (xml) and quite some more.

on a full blown server i have tonns of --with-xy or --enable-ab, after 
building the required libraries and tools. on a router where i have php 
available for my web-interface to maintain the system i just don't need 
them (and thus have lots of --without-xy and --disable-ab).

which version do you declare the one and only to be used for the 

with (b)lfs i have full control on what is installed on a system. i 
really dislike packages like "php5" + "php-mysql" + "php-pgsql" + 
"php-whatever-you-wish" (and each one again with -devel). i just compile 
php with all the options i need on a particular machine.

or have a look at samba:

for a small network i don't use ldap. but sometimes i use it and thus 
have to compile with --enable-ldapsam. same with cups or pam.

usually i don't install swat (thus --disable-swat), but some customers 
are already used to it, thus i include it.

greetings from switzerland

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