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In the context of package management, the solver is an algorithm (or set of algorithms) to resolve dependencies and conflicts. The solver must handle options, upgrades, multiple repos, locally installed software, as well as other factors. The upcoming 1.3 release of pkg will have the new solver that has some important consequences.
This talk is dedicated to the design concepts of the new solver in pkg management system (pkgng initially). In this talk, I describe the basic architecture of the solver, ideas used and the consequences of using this algorithm. Moreover, this talk describes the proposed pkg and ports architecture to simplify binary packages and ports using for all FreeBSD users.
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