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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 ( 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:


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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