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Re: Hierarchical tasksel / Blends support (Was: Debian Installer Buster Alpha 5 release)

Hi Andreas,

Arg. :-(

I was hoping that (ideally) Phil or (maybe) I would be able to help
with this, as we discussed at DC18. That's not happened, basically due
to lack of time and too many projects. :-(

On Tue, Feb 05, 2019 at 09:22:39AM +0100, Andreas Tille wrote:
>Hi Cyril,
>thanks for your continuous work on the installer and lots of new great
>On Sat, Feb 02, 2019 at 12:45:32PM +0100, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
>> We need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer,
>> so please try it.
>Sorry for repeating my question[1] but it is not clear to me whether
>support of Blends is a planed feature of the Buster installer.  From
>release to release we realise that it is missing (for Stretch it came
>very close - see bug #851555).  From some face to face meetings at
>DebConf I've got the impression that it is all about having an
>hierarchical tasksel (historical fun fact - first bug about this was in
>2003 #186085 where the request to add Blends was de facto refused since
>tasksel is not hierarchical).


>I'm long enough in Open Source that I understood asking others to
>implement features that do not belong into their own field of interest
>is not very promising.  But it would help me a lot to get at least a
>kind of authoritative answer to my question:  If I would try to work on
>a patch for tasksel to enable hierarchical selection in the form
>   [ ] Debian Pure Blends
>  --> if selected open a new screen presenting Blends
>would this be accepted for the Buster+1 installer? (I think its way to
>late for Buster to implement this.)  If I get a definitive "Yes, that
>would be welcome" I'd stop fixing lots of bugs in Debian Med packages
>and shift my priorities a bit more into this direction.  But before I'd
>give up some urgently needed QA work I'd like to hear the opinions of
>others whether a hierarchical tasksel is a wanted feature that has any
>chance to be accepted and be used in the Buster+1 installer.

I would definitely support such a refactoring for tasksel after Buster
is released, and I will make it a priority for my development time

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back

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