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Re: Method of Accessing Package Databases in Cfengine


From: David Douthitt
Subject: Re: Method of Accessing Package Databases in Cfengine
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 09:51:49 -0600

On Sun, 2005-01-09 at 22:38, Tim Nelson wrote:
>       I'm hoping that Arpmats (http://arpmats.sourceforge.net/) will 
> someday support multiple package managers, but at this point, it supports 
> only RPM also.

ARPMATS to some degree duplicates the capabilities of APT.  If it used
APT, it would support both RPM and DPKG natively.....

Given a file like this:

base=1.0-2
cfengine=4.1-7
dpkg=12.1-3
[...]

and a command line like this:

apt-get -qyy install `cat filename`

You could install packages of specified versions on the host.  This list
of package names and versions could come from a database easily enough.

When combined with cfengine, it could prepare a system entirely and to
the specified versions in short order.  When combined with ARPMAT, it
could support RPM and DPKG with no trouble and no extra configuration...

-- 
David Douthitt
UNIX System Administrator
Linux+, LPIC-1, RHCE
HP-UX, Unixware, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD






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