LISA 2001 Abstract
A Management System for Network-Sharable Locally Installed Software: Merging RPM and the Depot Scheme Under Solaris
R. P. C. Rodgers and Ziying Sherwin, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical
Efficient management of locally installed software is a recurring
central theme of system administration. We report here on an
experimental merger of two previously independent systems: Redhat's
RPM Package Manager (RPM), an open-source database-
driven system developed by a major Linux vendor to manage software on
a single host; and, an enhanced version of depot, a well-
established set of conventions used to manage software that is
installed on a server and shared over a network with multiple
(possibly heterogeneous) clients. The combination remedies
shortcomings in both systems, but to be fully effective, extensions to
RPM are required, particularly to its database system. The
results of this study point the way toward a second-generation
network-distributed version of RPM.
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