[nmglug] next generation package repo management anyone? (nix, flatpak, snap)

Akkana Peck akkana at shallowsky.com
Fri Nov 2 08:26:24 PDT 2018

Mark Galassi writes:
> Has anyone here used nix or flatpak or snap either:
> a) to install packages on your own system, or
> b) to distribute your own packages

I tried to use flatpak to install the latest GIMP on Debian stable,
where building GIMP would require building a lot of dependencies from
source. It failed miserably -- segmentation fault (core dumped)
whenever I tried to run it. I tried it on simpler packages like
gedit and vim too, in case it was a problem with the GIMP package.
I tried installing the flatpak and ostree from stretch-backports,
and building the latest flatpak from source, but it didn't help --
it segfaulted no matter what I tried. stretch-backports didn't have
debugging libraries with symbols so I was never able to get a
stack trace to see where it was crashing.

Flatpak works okay on Debian testing, but I don't need it there.
Stable is where I wanted a way to run updated software even when the
dependencies aren't up to date.

I haven't tried nix or snap.


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