Package Management

Valter Douglas Lisbôa Jr. douglas at
Thu Feb 28 05:55:40 PST 2008

Put a Package Management have too stages in my point of view. I create a 
infra-sctructure to my enterprise based on LFS, with a package management 

First. The system needs a way to automatize the build and create the packages, 
I think this part can be handled by a external program (nALFS, shell scripts) 
who do what the book say to do or create/use a package system capable to auto 
create (from toolchain to basic) the whole thing, similar to the portage 

Second, If the package manager don't auto build the basics, then it will be 
essentialy a repository manager. The most packagers in the world do only 

So, before decide between use, not use or create a PM. I think important to 
decide what type of aproach is desirable. Like said before in this thread, 
write one good package system from scratch is difficult. I start with bash, 
but the thing grows very rapid and now I will backport to Perl. Note that I 
create a very complex system who split each libso, language dir, command set, 
devel manpages, devel files in various packages, to install in the final 
system only what is really need! I discourage this approach to LFS and 
perhaps use a couple of shell scripts wrapped by a interface tool is more 
intelligent. Indeed, the Slackware Package Manager is interesting and I used 
it in a primary version, I only abandon because it lacks of dependency 
management and I start to store the packages information in a PostgreSQL 

For last, if we create a auto build package system who manage the steps from 
the book must likely Gentoo do, perhaps we become a Gentoo like and lost the 
spirit of LFS.

I hope has beed contibuted with something. And congratulations again for the 
efforts of all involved in *LFS.

On Thursday 28 February 2008 05:04:06 Pierluca Masala wrote:
> What about GNU Source Installer?
> It has the following advantages: it is a GNU program, and it leaves
> full control in the hands of the user about configure options and ways
> to build and install. It is focused on installing from sources and it
> also has a gtk frontend that can be used in BLFS systems.
> With this program all the principles and values of LFS are kept,
> because in building packages the details are not hidden and the user
> still has full control over his system.
> You can install software from sources, and then have information about
> the installed programs or uninstall them if you desire.
> I'm not an expert about it, but if you don't already know it, you can
> find more information here:
> Regards

Valter Douglas Lisbôa Jr.
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