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

Hi Steve,

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 01:30:08AM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> 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. :-(

Well, I know that lots of us are super busy with several projects.
That's how things are.
> On Tue, Feb 05, 2019 at 09:22:39AM +0100, Andreas Tille wrote:
> >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).
> Right.

Thanks for confirming.
> >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
> then.

That's really relieving for me to hear since I was scared about the need
to learn Perl to a way higher level than the basics I have and I admit
there are lots of tasks on my desk regarding other Blends related

Just keep on the good work and lets release Buster as soon as possible



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