[packagekit] Adding a recursive flag to GetDepends and GetRequires

Sebastian Heinlein glatzor at ubuntu.com
Fri Nov 9 06:22:35 PST 2007

Am Freitag, den 09.11.2007, 14:09 +0100 schrieb Patryk Zawadzki:
> 2007/11/9, Sebastian Heinlein <glatzor at ubuntu.com>:
> > Am Freitag, den 09.11.2007, 13:27 +0100 schrieb Patryk Zawadzki:
> > > What about distros where certain packages are split into subpackages
> > > with plugins and stuff and what about the common "if I want to install
> > > foobrowser, will it pull a ton of crap that stays on my system after I
> > > remove foobrowser" scenario?
> > >
> > > That's how Windows works - you install software, uninstall it and tons
> > > of files, services and registry entries remain.
> > >
> > > Imagine you are a KDE user who wants to try postr, which installs
> > > nautilus-python which in turn pulls nautilus depending on the whole
> > > GNOME desktop.
> > >
> > > Now - postr shows it is a 100kb package but installing it takes a
> > > whole day on a slow link and in the end shows a nice "disk full" error
> > > before even installing anything.
> > This should be handeled by the distribution itself. APT, which is used
> > in Debian and Ubuntu, can keep track of packages that have been
> > installed as a dependency and would remove them if no longer needed.
> Debian uses a non-standard package manager. The one used by
> LSB-compliant and thus by most distros is RPM. RPM does not track such
> data and implementing it somewhere else than in a package manager is a
> non-trivial task. RPM in turn allows for pinning packages (a mechanism
> similar to Gentoo's world package) that is not supported by
> PackageKit.

APT could be more compared to YUM and not to RPM. Furthermore there is
even an APT for RPM that was mainly written be Connectiva.

AFAIK the goal of PolicyKit is not be a distro-neutral package
management tool, but a common interface to the distro specific systems.

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