Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 145295
Autopackage support files into FC
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:58 EST
It would be nice to see that the autopackage support files would be
included in future FC releases, so that users could just install
.package files without worry.
Would that be possible?
Hi - thanks for the suggestion!
Anything is possible, but autopackage doesn't appear to fit with the
current thinking for Fedora Core, which uses rpm for its packaging
system and most likely will continue to use rpm only. autopackage also
doesn't look very mature. If you would like to have autopackage
available for Fedora, an alternative may be to become the maintainer
of an autopackage rpm in Fedora Extras, so that if someone does run
across a .package file, they can retrieve and install autopackage easily.
Oh, but autopackage is not thought of as an alternative to RPM.
Autopackage is meant to:
1. Allow users to install extra packages, whereas RPM seems to be more
of a system management kind of program.
2. Allow developers to distribute programs in a distro-independent way.
3. Allow users to install packages without having root privileges (in
Autopackage can also easily install its support files when the user
encounters his/her first package, since the package has a shell script
stub that can download it. That requires terminal access, however, so
it would be easier for GUI-only users if the support files were
Thus, it's merely for user convenience that I'd like to see the
autopackage support files installed by default, not as any kind of
change to the system itself.