[Philosophy] Rebuilding rpm packages with different configuration options
john.wendel at metnet.navy.mil
Fri Jul 28 17:39:14 UTC 2006
The current thread "download srpms and rebuild package with other
options" has raised a few questions in my small brain that I hope will
stimulate an interesting discussion.
 If I rebuild and install a package, what keeps a later update from
destroying my version?
 If the answer to  is "nothing", then why bother with a package
management system for this update?
 Why shouldn't I be able to update the RPM database manually
(without actually installing or updating software)?
I'd like to tell it that I have installed program "foobar version
99.9", so when the package maintainers release version 99.8 it won't
try to update.
 I recently tried to yum remove "cups\*", I couldn't do it because
of the package dependencies. It seems that everything that can print
has a cups dependency. But really, things continue to work fine
without cups, so the dependency isn't real. It seems that the package
dependency thing is just broken. Comments ???
Maybe I should just learn how to use rpm ...
Sorry for the stupid questions, but I'd appreciate your comments.
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