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Gen2ly
March 14th, 2009, 10:27 PM
Hey guys. I've been touring several Linux distro's and have found some differences between them, but mostly I've found what seems to make or break a Linux distribution is it's package manager. There are many package managers out there and I've only tried a few so I'm interested to hear what package manager you think is best.

Debian's package manager is good. It runs with little overhead, resolves dependencies accurately, and alot of other distro's use it. But what about others?

Of the ones I've tried. There's emerge (Gentoo's package manager) that has a good more overhead but is very good at resolving dependencies and creating custom builds. It is also very easy to remove unresolved dependencies and doing system-updates. I've also tried pacman (Arch's package manager) which I like alot. Follows the KISS philosophy, updating is quick, provides good feedback, removing a package and dependencies can be done with "pacman -Rs <package>" but finding orphaned dependencies takes a bit of a trick. I know there are a good deal of other package managers out there. Which ones do you like and why?

Skripka
March 14th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Pacman, and KDEmod's Shaman GUI frontend.

billgoldberg
March 14th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Pacman with yaourt is great.

I like apt-get equally (or aptitude for that matter, but always use apt-get to be consistent).

Twitch6000
March 14th, 2009, 10:51 PM
apt-get is my favorite

I do like yum though =].

liamnixon
March 14th, 2009, 11:36 PM
I tend to favor yum, and pkgtool. I was a little hesitant on the latter, but it's grown on me! :-P

RATM_Owns
March 14th, 2009, 11:42 PM
Pacman all the way. :D

gjoellee
March 14th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Top 3 list:
1. Pacman
2. tazpkg
3. apt-get

mips
March 15th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Pacman & Conary

gn2
March 15th, 2009, 12:03 AM
Synaptic Package Manager is essential for me, I wouldn't ever want to be without it.

C!oud
March 15th, 2009, 12:05 AM
I prefer portage over all else although pkgsrc with Linux is a really interesting idea that I haven't been able to properly test yet.

Rokurosv
March 15th, 2009, 01:25 AM
I think that pacman is the best package manager I've tried, simple to use and very powerful. I think my list goes like this:
Pacman > Yum > Apt

dragos240
March 15th, 2009, 01:28 AM
i like apt-get with synaptic gui.

chucky chuckaluck
March 15th, 2009, 01:31 AM
pacman+yaourt, synaptic for gui.

Eisenwinter
March 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM
Pacman

FuturePilot
March 15th, 2009, 01:43 AM
1. apt-get and Synaptic for a good frontend.
2. pacman

I really like some of apt's features like the autoremove option and things like --purge. Pacman is also very powerful and I like it's simplicity.

Daisuke_Aramaki
March 15th, 2009, 02:06 AM
lin and cast

chris4585
March 15th, 2009, 02:23 AM
Pacman and apt-get are equally good.

MilesRdz
March 15th, 2009, 02:52 AM
Pacman with Shaman GUI front end.

Dekkon
March 15th, 2009, 02:53 AM
Yum with KPackagekit integrates perfectly with KDE and never had a problem with it.

fissionmailed
March 15th, 2009, 03:10 AM
I like pacman and apt-get myself.

Gen2ly
March 15th, 2009, 04:16 AM
I've tried OpenSUSE's GUI frontend to yum that's pretty cool but it tended to full in half the tree. Haven't tried pkgtool yet though I know it has a good following.

liamnixon
March 15th, 2009, 05:35 AM
Pkgtool, and the other package utilities in Slackware (i.e. installpkg), are very... manual, I suppose. I love them! :) I've already posted this before, but...

106416

I have too much spare time.

vishzilla
March 15th, 2009, 05:57 AM
Pacman

adamlau
March 15th, 2009, 06:15 AM
pacman and apt-get.

thisllub
March 15th, 2009, 06:18 AM
Pacman

bigbrovar
March 15th, 2009, 09:38 AM
thisllub
re: Best linux package managers
pacman
+1

justsomedude
March 15th, 2009, 05:39 PM
One more vote for pacman.

Dougie187
March 15th, 2009, 05:45 PM
I'll have to give pacman a shot. So far I like apt-get a lot, but I can't stand yum.

Skripka
March 15th, 2009, 05:46 PM
I'll have to give pacman a shot. So far I like apt-get a lot, but I can't stand yum.

Give yourself over to Arch. Come to the Dark Side. We have Cookies.

liamnixon
March 15th, 2009, 05:58 PM
Mmm... cookies.

Faolan84
March 15th, 2009, 06:00 PM
1: pacman + shaman - arch
2: apt-get + synaptic - ubuntu
3: zypper or yast (the latter is a little slow but things are categorized good) - OpenSuSE

.Maleficus.
March 15th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Pacman + yaourt.

mips
March 15th, 2009, 06:20 PM
We have Cookies.

You forgot about the light sabres ;)

linuxisevolution
March 15th, 2009, 06:26 PM
apt-get (Debian+Ubuntu)

aptitude (Debian+Ubuntu)

pkgsrc (UNIX)

C!oud
March 15th, 2009, 06:37 PM
Forgot to mention abs in Arch. Probably one of the only reasons why I still use it.

smartboyathome
March 15th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Give yourself over to Arch. Come to the Dark Side. We have Cookies.

What about the brownies? :(

And I am another fan of Pacman. Nice, simple, easy to use and package for. What more could you want? ;)

sujoy
March 15th, 2009, 07:34 PM
pacman, yaourt, abs

i dont need to other package managers ... :P

gjoellee
March 15th, 2009, 07:36 PM
My new list:
1 Pacman
2 Yaourt
3 Powerpill
4 Shaman (Pacman)

Simian Man
March 15th, 2009, 07:43 PM
yum is my favorite. Simple, fast, great CLI (unlike apt) and cool plugins. Pacman is great too, but not worth having to use Arch (in my opinion).

People who like apt best, I think, either haven't tried others, or haven't tried others in 3+ years.

Chame_Wizard
March 15th, 2009, 07:54 PM
apt-get (Debian+Ubuntu)

aptitude (Debian+Ubuntu)





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