how will 'package-management' be implemented?

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at
Wed Apr 14 12:57:27 PDT 2004

James Robertson wrote:

> This is not necessary.  The v3.1 DTD supports package dependancy, the 
> tool just does not use it right now.  Kevin is working on an enhanced 
> logging feature with XML DTD that will go a long way to make package 
> dependacies work better.  You guys are not the only ones asking for 
> this.  I am not sure of the status of the things Kevin is on top of, but 
> I know that he is actively on them.

I have not been able to achieve much progress in the past week or so, as 
my development system got hosed and I've been stuck doing paying work :-)

However, it is still in the works. The first dependency handling that 
nALFS will support will be "in-profile" only, meaning it will be used to 
automagically mark packages that are needed to support other packages 
that the user has marked. Once that is in place and working well then it 
can be extended to learn what has already been installed on the system 
and use that information to satisfy dependencies as well, but I consider 
that to be a lower priority (and there are complications there as well 
regarding version changes and upgrades, etc).

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