[TUHS] Package Management

Gregg Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 09:30:45 AEST 2020

I, myself normally run Slackware Linux. It uses package management in
the form of compressed tar files, and a flat file store of the names.
It also has a tool which when run will show the user what's there, and
what they do if need be. In fact Slackware predates Red Hat by about
four years. (Pat and his CS professor introduced themselves to one
much earlier one, which was SLS. Neither liked it, and the Prof was
convinced that Pat could do better.)
Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
"This signature fought the Time Wars, time and again."

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 1:54 PM <arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:
> Things were pretty much ad hoc.  Commercial software likely came
> as tar/cpio tapes to install however the vendor wanted. Free software
> was from USENET in source code, so again, however people wanted.
> The AT&T Unix PC (7300 / 3B1) in the late 80s had a file format
> for installing software from floppy and tracked what was installed,
> but that was unique to it.
> Package managers as we know them today really became a big thing
> with Linux. Redhat's RPM was one of the earliest.
> My two cents; I'm sure others remember it differently.
> Arnold
> Henry Bent <henry.r.bent at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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?
> >
> > -Henry

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