[Rpm-maint] RFC: Berlin Packaging API

Jeff Licquia jeff at licquia.org
Wed Feb 27 21:01:37 UTC 2008

Many of you may remember, way back when, getting together (or hearing 
about a get-together) to talk about issues with ISV software 
installation and packaging.  This would have been in December 2006, in 
Berlin, Germany.

The one proposal from that meeting we all agreed on was that we needed a 
cross-package-system API for third-party installers to tell the package 
manager about the software they install.  A summary of that proposal can 
be found here:


Since that time, there have been a few meetings reaffirming the need for 
this API, but little actual work.

To try and move this proposal forward, I've created a wiki page at the 
Linux Foundation site:


This page now contains a straw-man API proposal.  My intent is to 
implement this proposal for RPM and dpkg once it passes muster, and 
propose the API for inclusion into RPM and dpkg.

We'd love for all interested parties to provide feedback, either on the 
wiki or via E-mail.

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