Disagreement with Sean Russell’s RPM Hell

Today I read an essey by Sean Russell called “RPM Hell. A Perfect Example of Good Software Crippled by Bad Design“. In this essey Sean is explaining why he does not like RPM to the level when he is prepared to change the Linux distribution he is using.

I, on the other hand, do like RPM. It has it’s problems but what doesn’t. Some of Sean’s arguments I disagree with and hence this post. Before reading it, please read the original essey by Sean, since I am quoting only the relevant parts.

P.S.: I have notified Sean Russell via email about this post.

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Linux kernel links

If for any reason you wanted to learn anything and everything about Linux kernel, but were afraid to start, then I have found a perfect place for you. “Kernel links” is an “index of documentation for people interested in writing and/or understanding the Linux kernel”. It is the biggest collection of resources links about kernel that I have seen so far. It covers online manuals and HOWTOs as well as books and other printed materials.

Kernel Newbies might be way too advanced for some people after all. :)

Fedora Tracker

I’ve just read in LWN about recently announced Fedora Tracker. The goal of the project is to have a central database of apt and yum repositories with search facilities. This sounds like a very nice idea, since finding some Fedora RPM packages is not an easy task.

I’ve check it out and there is plenty of repositories already in. There is also a Submit form for missing information. I wish for this project to live and grow, since it has the potential to be more useful than RPMfind.Net.


MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher) is monitoring utility, which runs on many platforms and is capable of collecting and graphing statistical information such as network traffic, CPU/Memory/Disk space usage, etc. MRTG can gather information using both SNMP protocol and external scripts. Below are few pieces of my MRTG config file together with scripts, which I felt like sharing.

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