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Linux.com: ESR Gives Up on Fedora

Feb 21, 2007, 16:45 (45 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)

[ Thanks to lh8 for this link. ]

"After thirteen years as a loyal Red Hat and Fedora user, I reached my limit today, when an attempt to upgrade one (1) package pitched me into a four-hour marathon of dependency chasing, at the end of which an attempt to get around a trivial file conflict rendered my system unusable.

"The proximate causes of this failure were (1) incompetent repository maintenance, making any nontrivial upgrade certain to founder on a failed dependency, and (2) the fact that rpm is not statically linked--so it's possible to inadvertently remove a shared library it depends on and be unrecoverably screwed. But the underlying problems run much deeper..."

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