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Manual drag-and-drop does not scale well (a) with the total number of packages to be kept up-to-date, or (b) with the number of dependencies per package.

Dependencies are not bad - they are inevitible whenever resources are shared between applications (and will become much more common if we ever settle on a shared library system). A package manager encourages sharing by ensuring that dependencies do not complicate the installation process.

(That said, I am all in favour of keeping non-shared resources within the relevant application directory. I'm not trying to encourage packages that scatter files throughout the filesystem.)

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 26/12/03 6:21PM
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