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Re: Question about dpkg Re: X facts about Debian - some fact checking and looking for ideas.

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 11:26:55PM +0530, shirish शिरीष wrote:
> I was under the impression that due to rpm brokeness Debian and
> thereafter dpkg came into being.

This is entirely wrong.  The first entry in dpkg's changelog was in
1994, and rpm's first release was in 1997.

Please spend at least a little time doing research before asking
questions of a widely-read mailing list; establishing those dates took
less than a minute (tail of dpkg's debian/changelog, and looking at
RPM's Wikipedia page).

> Could or does somebody remember what discussions took place when dpkg
> was being put up as an ideal package manager. It still is, in case of
> breakage or something goes wrong and the other tools can't fix.

dpkg was written as part of developing Debian and was an integral part
of that development.  It wasn't a matter of looking around for an
existing system to use.

If you want to look at the history of discussions, you're welcome to
look at Debian's mailing list archives; most of the early stuff will be
on debian-devel (https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/).

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@xxxxxxxxxx]