rpm question

Jeff Johnson n3npq at mac.com
Wed Dec 17 02:19:03 UTC 2008

On Dec 16, 2008, at 9:00 PM, John Frazier wrote:

> I would like to build an rpm that does nothing but install other  
> rpms. My idea is that I can use this rpm to manage and track groups  
> of rpms that have been installed on our systems. Is this just crazy  
> or is it feasible. I look forward to hearing from you any alternate  
> ideas would be greatly appreciated as well.

Not crazy, and what I call "package bundles" have not only been  
but have actually been attempted and are known to "work"
for more than 6+ years now, using rpm, all versions.

I use scarequotes advisedly, there are many who disagree "work".
You will have to form your own opinions. The $64K question to
ask when someone claims that "package bundles" don't work, won't work,
and are a bad idea as well, is
	Have you ever tried to create/install a "package bundle"?
and listen to the reply carefully.

Here is a description of current work-in-progess @rpm5.org to address
remaining issues from the last feature request for "package bundles",
the previous RFE for essentially the same feature was on this list IIRC,
about a month ago:


Again, not crazy, "package bundles" are entirely feasible and  
reasonable imho.

73 de Jeff
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