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Re: [Gnumed-devel] re : installation

From: David Grant
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] re : installation
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 00:23:40 -0500
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sjtan wrote:

- hack the proposed installers

I've just tried to re-install gnumed dependencies and it was fairly difficult on Mandrake 9.1 (e.g. as well as ensuring postgresql-devel , lipdq3, egenix-2.0.5 , pyPgSQL -7.3 that matched the os vendor /version, had to slightly change in pyPgSQL-7.3 to recognize sys.platform >= "linux" on line 101 of in the pyPgSQL-7.3-src , as the python system return "linux-i386" instead of "linux2"
) ;
- does Debian apt-get only work on Debian ? Should there be installation scripts
for various platforms and versions?
- is there a tool for distributed package retrieval and installation which could be scripted
to do this?

These kinds of problems have existed with RPM systems for years. This is usually why people switch to Debian in the first place, they get pissed off with the innadequate handling of dependancies.

If the RPM/spec or whatever for gnumed on Mandrake is written properly though, urpmi should work reasonably well. There are also some other programs like apt-rpm or something like that. But apt-get works strictly for dpkg and to get apt-get to install a deb for Mandrake would require a different deb. Not worth the effort.

David J. Grant
Masters Candidate
a-Si and Integrated Circuits Lab
University of Waterloo
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