wounded in the line of duty
"But for that I need to understand how you use it :)"
blokje exactly addressed my beef with synaptics (and perhaps the apt backend for all I know).
There are times where I need to install something that is not available from a repository (at all or perhaps just not in the revision I need).
In doing so (by compiling or whatever) it is quite possible to run into a requirement for a specific library or library revision. With yum it is easy to determine the package that provides any given file.
e.g. yum provides lib.so.5.2
When I last tried apt/synaptics with pclinuxos (don't recall the revision but it a few years ago in the "big daddy" era - BTW don't ever quesiton package management on the pclos forums unless you want to be chewed a new one - illustrates why I no longer have interest in pclos) I was told that apt/synaptic didn't do that and that since I knew enough to be compiling my own software I should know enough to find that information in other ways (e.g. google).
Thats fine I suppose (though doesn't work at all if you're not in an internet connected position) but I find it annoying to have to turn to google or take the easy way and turn to my centos box to do "yum provides" to then fix my apt/synaptics box which cannot do that.
Or can it? I think that was blokje's question and it is certainly mine. That feature alone makes me a yum fan. The underlying RPM package manager affords that feature and yum supports it.
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