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What is the difference between the gearman-server package and the gearman-job-server package? Does one depend on the other?

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I genuinely thought you asked about different german server packages. – don.joey Mar 26 '15 at 10:02
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Try using apt-cache show packagename to see more about packages. You can read your answer in there:

$ apt-cache show gearman-server
Depends: perl, libgearman-client-perl, libdanga-socket-perl
Description-en: [...]
 This package contains both the Gearman server as well as the corresponding
 Perl bindings.

$ apt-cache show gearman-job-server
Depends: libboost-program-options1.46.1 [...]
Description-en: [...]
 This package contains the C reimplementation of the job server daemon

So, basically, gearman-job-server (C/C++) is an alternative to gearman-server (Perl?), providing not all the exact same features.

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The official gearman documentation suggests gearman-job-server:

Debain/Ubuntu Package If you are running Debian/sid, run apt-get install gearman-job-server. This package may be slightly out of date due to the time it takes to propagate to the repositories.

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