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Re: Nix fixes dependency hell on all Linux distributions

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on January 16, 2009 05:13 AM
I say this as a BSD user and fan: portupgrade sucks. I've seen it get stuck on circular dependencies more than a few times, and on large upgrades using portupgrade -arR, it's not unusual for me to have to go to the machine, manually upgrade (or outright remove) a dependency, and restart the upgrade process several times. The situation is a little better if you tell portupgrade to use binary packages where available, but it's not much better and FreeBSD's binary packages tend to be pretty out of date compared to what's in the ports tree.

The BSD's have their own advantages and reasons for using them, but portupgrade is NOT one of them. I'll take it over portage any day of the week, though. That shit is heinous.


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