Re: Slink not installable from CDs
Philip Hands wrote:
> > So, slink is more than 760 Megabytes big for i386 machines. This
> > does not fit on one single CD. This means that even without contrib,
> > non-free, non-US etc. we already need two cds.
> > This needs to be addressed quick!
> > Heiko Schlittermann has written a new dselect installation method
> > that supports multiple cds. The reason why he hasn't uploaded
> > it yet is that it depends on a hax0red version of dpkg-scanpackages
> > to support a new field for each package "CD" which contains the
> > CD on which the package is stored.
> > Phil, as debian-cd maintainer and maintainer of the OfficialCD, I'd
> > like to hear your oppinion.
> If there's a way of making multi CD installs work, then I'm all for it.
Of course there is. Aren't we all able to do some programming?
Please take a look at the mail I've just sent and take a look at
the dpkg-multicd package which provides three methods for accessing
multiple binary cd-roms.
> One thing: Do people think it's important to keep the possibility of doing a
> one CD install, and still ending up with a useful system ?
Yes! I don't think this is too difficult. There are a lot of packages
which can be moved onto the second cd-rom.
> If so, I would think the thing to do is to move the ``most optional'' packages
> from main onto the second CD, so that the first CD still contains the
> ``most important'' bits of main.
> How do we determine what's important, and what's optional ?
Some people already mentioned that we need to distinguish between
. First try to separate by section, move the least important section
to the second cd and check the remaining disk space.
. Secondly check some packages and their priority, move some back onto
the first cd and some others off of the first cdrom.
. Thirdly you could try to move whole subsystems off of the first CD,
like already mentioned: sound, tex, scientific (partially in math,
partially somewhere else), misc etc.
The MS-DOS filesystem is nice for removable media. -- H. Peter Anvin