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OSNews: Relink - A Package Management Tool

Jun 08, 2004, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Relink is an undiscovered treasure when it comes to package management.

"With traditional package management, programs are installed all over the system. For example installing a large application may put files in /usr/include, /usr/lib, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin and the like. Some people might say what about /usr/local? Yes, you can install programs into /usr/local, but then it's a mess, you do not know what versions of what you have installed! Then, you have to rely on package management tools to determine what versions of specific applications you have installed or you have to type the following ./program --version, but what if it is a library? Then you have to check the headers or look in the *.la files which might help in determining the version. With relink, all of your program are installed to the $prefix/program-name-1.0..."

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