Re: policy changes toward Non-Interactive installation
>>"Joey" == Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
Joey> The package is intended to enforce two invarients:
Joey> 1) If it is installed, realplayer is installed.
Joey> 2) If it is installed and current, the current version of realplayer is
Right. I just do nt see these invariants being very useful. I
would much rather have a mk-realplayer package that helps me create a
realplayer-blah.deb; and the invariants are then natural and not
artificially imposed. When that realplayer.deb is installed,
realplayer is installed (duh), and the version of that package tells
me what version I have installed.
I can then move the .deb to my local apt-able tree, and all
other machines in my environemnt can just install this.
the ml-realplayer does not have to be upgrade every time
realplayer changes. I can install an older verison of real player if
I wish (getting it off a CD, or something).
Joey> If you don't want to download realplayer right now, why are you
Joey> installing the package?
It is not useful hectoring the user when they report a
Perhaps I have a local mirro updated overnight, (with a slow
modem, that is the only way to go) and I do not want to wait for a
huge realplayer tar ball to download now. Perhaps I did not undertand
that I would need a network connection now. Perhaps I had instlled
realplayer before, and am happy with it, but I am upgrading my laptop
on the plane off my mirror, and do not have a connection. Having
realplayer break is not nice.
Joey> If you don't want to upgrade realplayer right now, why don't
Joey> you put it on hold?
If we can make it so that people do not have to put thigs on
hold, would that not be an improvement?
Joey> The package system allows the things that annoy you to be
Joey> worked around in a consistent way.
Fine. I prefer to remove this annoyance, though. Consider
this an ITP for mk-realplayer. I'll probably steal your code rather
than re-invent the wheel. Since your package is not really the
realplayer binary, I am asking you to rename it to something else, so
the package that mk-realplayer creates would not interfere with your
Then there was the Formosan bartender named Taiwan-On.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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