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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: tagging package names (rpm, deb)

Mark Johnson <mark@phy.duke.edu> writes:

> So is a command (usually), but it has semantics that allow it to be
> distinguished from its hum-drum existence as a mere file. At least
> that's the way I'm thinking about packages...
> They're files, all right. But they're very special files. Besides,
> I can't let you get away with that answer, it's too easy. :-)

Heh - I opt for easy usually :)

> <package format="deb" version="2" maintaineremail="mrj@debian.org">
>    docbook-xsl-stylesheets-1.38-2.deb
> </package>

That's nice, and interesting for people like you and me who deal with
packages everyday. But for people on other OSes I don't think this
would enter into the picture at all. With DB we must keep all OSes in
mind. Would a windows user mark up a Zip file as a package? Well I
wouldn't were I on windows. 

I like it, but its usefulness is more adequate for us Linux nuts than
anyone else.



David Mason

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