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Re: Apt for RPM question, blocking certain rpms

I also think this would be a good topic. I still haven't figured out how
to find out RPM-APT functions, other than asking Steve. For example, one
of my upgrades updated the apt.conf file so that I can see that now there
is the possibility of different rpm options for install and erase. On a
number of my machines I exclude documentation and I used to have to
comment out the command when removing rpms. In the RPM section of apt.conf
I had:

   Options {"--excludedocs";};

But now you can have:

    Options { };
    Install-Options { "--excludedocs"; }
    Erase-Options { };


On Tue, 7 Oct 2003 mike808@users.sourceforge.net wrote:

> Steve wrote:
> > Assuming apt 0.5.x, put this in the RPM {} section in
> > /etc/apt/apt.conf:
> >     Hold { "^php$"; "^gd-devel$"; };
> > You get the idea...
> No I don't. Would you mind putting this on the list of stuff to talk about
> either at a future meeting or here on the list?
> I'm trying to get my head around this idea that the /etc/apt/preferences file
> and the /etc/apt/apt.conf file are actually two different ways to do some of the 
> same things, and mix this in with the fact that apt is really just a Perl script 
> or uses Perl somehow, since the documentation for apt.conf smells *a lot* like 
> Perl code with all of what looks like "packages/namespaces", anonymous hashes, 
> and regular expressions.
> Is one preferable to the other (pinning packages and versions in apt.conf vs
> preferences)?
> If they're both equivalent, which, IYHO, is headed for "deprecated" status?
> Or is it an issue of dealing with repositories or not?
> Mike/
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