Dependency Hell 9044
The spin is wrong anyway - the dependencies arenota problem, they are a very important feature of package Debt Management for linux, and ensure that linux machines donotsuffer from DLL hell of Windows. Your machine will warn you if you're going to leave a package in an unusuable or untested condition, which ispreciselywhat you want the dpkg layer to do.
The design philosophy of Unix is that you do not create enormous, monolithic apps to do jobs which are better done with smaller, specialised tools like dpkg, rpm, apt, apbreastude, and so on. The advantage? There has been a steady evolution of front-end tools for debian, from the early, and somewhat tricky dselect, through apt, and the apbreastude, with various alternative graphical front-ends to boot.
The fact that you have a dpkg or rpm layerat allis the fundamental difference between Windows and Linux - Windows hasnolibrary or package management, provides no warnings when DLLs are going to be hit or replaced, and is generally a total mess in this area. DLL hell is called *hell* because recovery is virtually impossible. Dependency information is anadvantage-, but has been misnamed by wintrolls, who've tried to dress it up as a disadvantage, because it's easier than trying to claim Windows is better in this area, because it's not.
First time I was impressed by Linux 9045
This little feature has many other critical functions. In the *nix filesystems, the file is defined...
True, but having information is not a problem. Tools which provide information, including about dependencies arenota problem.
-- Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk I'm having an EMOTIONAL OUTBURST!! But, uh, WHY is there a WAFFLE in my PAJAMA POCKET??