[CentOS] is apt/synaptic OK?

Dag Wieers dag at wieers.com
Mon Mar 20 17:01:35 UTC 2006

On Mon, 20 Mar 2006, Dag Wieers wrote:

> On Mon, 20 Mar 2006, Jim Perrin wrote:
> > > because I'm used to apt based distro's like Debian and I also use it with
> > > Fedora, I wondered if I could use apt/synaptic on Centos 4.2 and if somebody
> > > could post his sources.list for the repo's that are availabel through apt.
> > 
> > Apt has issues with multi-arch support and a few other things, so most
> > people use yum instead. The syntax for yum is similar to apt, so it
> > should be reasonably easy for you to pick up. Many of the external
> > repositories you'll find use yum heavily. If you're not completely
> > comfortable with yum, there's documentation for it on the centos site,
> > and there's a gui called yumex that is available also.
> Apt development has started again, multilib support has been fixed. It 
> also now has repomd support.
> I have the new apt available from:
> 	http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/apt/
> These are tagged as test-packages, so you cannot get them automatically 
> (yet). I have received very good feedback and i'm waiting for Panu to make 
> a new release before I can replace the old ones.
> I also patched synaptic to understand the repomd support that apt now has. 
> So if you're using the new synaptic, you only require the new 
> (currently test) apt to start using it.
> Let me know if you have problems.

The currently available synaptic is build against the apt that is enabled 
in the repo, so if you want to test synaptic (with repomd support) against 
the test apt, you have to rebuild synaptic.

As soon as I release the apt with repomd support, synaptic will be build 
against that.

The benefit of the new apt is certainly that we can finally phase out the 
old apt repository format.

Kind regards,
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