[Lazarus] cross-distro (and OS) app installation - what would you like?

Juha Manninen juha.manninen at phnet.fi
Wed Jan 20 16:18:12 CET 2010


>  * we use recommended *.desktop and *.directory files for menu items

Do you mean there is a standard way for that for all window managers? Ok then, 
I didn't know. There are tens of different window managers around.

> Does RPM support dependency checks? Last time I used RedHat (years ago) it
> did not.

It must have been MANY years ago. I think RPM format has always supported 
dependencies but the tools didn't support it well in the past.
Now the support is very good, as good or even better than in Debian based 
systems. As a side note, years ago I used Memphis, a Debian based distro. 
Always when I updated its X11 packages the system broke somehow and I couldn't 
start X any more. I didn't know how to fix it and had to reinstall the whole 
Then I switched to RPM based system and never had such problem again.
So, superiority of DEP packages is partly a myth.

> Yup, we do the same. That's why we use fpGUI and why we use FPC. Both have
> cross platform support in mind and implement those directly in the
> resulting executables. Built-in archive support, built-in xml handling
> ability, built-in database support, built-in file handling, built-in
> Unicode support, built-in (custom written) help file support and the list
> goes on...  Hence the reason it is easier to deploy our software than C/C++
> (thinking *nix here) or .NET or Mono or Java applications.

Ok, I understand. That makes it easier.

Good luck with your project! You have apparently made research about its 

Juha Manninen

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