[TUHS] Package Management

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Sat Nov 21 07:32:34 AEST 2020

Hello All,

I know I have asked this before, but I am curious about any new replies or
insight.  How did package management start?  Were sites keeping track of
packages installed in a flat file that you could grep (as god intended)
somewhere, or were upgrades and additions simply done without significant
announcement?  At what point did someone decide, 'Hey, we need to have a
central way to track additional software"?

I know of DEC's setld and SGI's inst in the latter half of the '80s.  What
was the mechanism before that?

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