At the very least smart is better than yum on OpenSUSE 10.3
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 12, 2007 04:27 AM
I used yum on 10.2 because that way a could keep a rpm cache (and is also a simple CLI command) and after downloading on one machine I could move the rpm over the local network, USB stick and DVDRW, in order to update systems with low internet bandwidth o non networked machines. Yast did not help with this kind of situations. And in 10.3 I have dependencies problem with yum, while Yast worked ok, but could'nt cache the rpms. So I tried smart, it was such a pleasant surprise, despite the odd command line options (anything new is always odd :-)) Unlike yum, it worked out dependencies, both installing and upgrading beatifully. Unline yum when it update the repository database, is far quicker.
Until now it has worked better than yum and yast, the latter being verry slow adquiring upgrade info. And I'm looking forward to try smart on other rpm system and Slackware. After all, like most managers it use the native package database to work with. So far no problems.
The only downside, also shared by yum is that it does not handles patch.rpm's which are a life saving when with low bandwitdh.