Re: want tool to open RPM package on Window 95

From: Igmar Palsenberg (
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 13:40:19 EST

> > > I can think of a number of uses for such a tool. For example, to read
> > > the documentation of a package before installing it on a different
> > > (Linux-based) system; or to unpack a source-rpm in order to build it
> > > with Cygwin.
> >
> > Bad idea. Most RPM'S contain specific RH patches, most of them being path
> > fixes. Get the tar.gz in that case.
> Some software may only (easily) be available in src-rpm format. I might
> just want to build one of the binaries in it by hand. I might just want to
> read the docs. I might ...
> The point is not what I might or might not want; the point is that there
> are valid uses for RPM on Windows.
> > Second, there is no way to actually build on a Windows machine, so I don't
> > see the use of it.
> There's no reason why RPM might not be ported to Cygwin.

Would be good for consistancy. I still have to see a good decent Windows
install / uninstall program.

> > > > Second, I'm glad there isn't. Saves tons of bugus bug reports.
> >
> > Ever opened a UNIX textfile in Notepad, which is the default editor in
> > most windows versions ?
> How does this relate to the current discussion?

Because I got two reports with 'Hey, you'r docs are screwed in Notepad'.

> By "RPM maintainer" do you mean maintainer of the .rpm package or
> maintainer of the RPM package management tool?

The maintainer.

> I don't even use RPM myself; I use Debian. But every now and then I'm
> forced to use a Windows machine and sometimes do find it very convenient to
> be able to unpack Debian packages.

I use about all there is in package management.

I don't care if people unpack / build things on Windows, as long as I
don't get bug reports. And I do get them.

> - Ruud de Rooij.


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