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Re: Help: Installing RPM on Solaris 8

From: Tim Mooney <Tim.Mooney@ndsu.edu>
Date: Wed 09 Apr 2008 - 22:49:06 CEST
Message-ID: <alpine.SOC.1.10.0804091533460.22782@dogbert.cc.ndsu.NoDak.edu>
In regard to: Re: Help: Installing RPM on Solaris 8, Jeff Johnson said (at...:

> While I'd rather not venture into political quagmire's, I believe
> that history shows that Solaris support has always been
> better with the rpm5 code base than with the RedHat rpm.org code base.

Once one got all the appropriate dependencies to install on Solaris,
getting rpm 4.4.9 to build wasn't bad.  Since RPM 5.0 is based on the
4.4.9 code base and Ralf has been using 5.0.x for OpenPKG, I would indeed
expect that Solaris support would be no worse in 5.0.x, and very likely

I haven't really paid any attention to what Red Hat is doing with their
branch of RPM, but I'm under the impression that it's based on an earlier
point in the code base -- 4.4.2 comes to mind.  I would definitely expect
that their fork would be harder to compile on Solaris than the code that's
based on 4.4.9.

> Beyond that rather nebulous observation I will not venture. Way
> too many quidnunc's around, and I'm more interested in seeing
> engineering problems with rpm on Solaris solved.

I don't know what engineering problems currently need solving for
Solaris.  It would be nice to have someone that knows what they're
doing (i.e. not me) finish the rpmdsRldpath()/rpmdsCrle() code I
contributed to rpmds.c, and then have it hooked in to RPM's dependency
solver, but that's a feature request, not an engineering problem.

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