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Re: redesigning the debian installer

> A week or so ago someone uploaded a busyboxed wget command, which is
> quite small, in the apt source i see occasional reference to wget, so
> this would probably be a good spot to start for http ftp retriever.

In my slink automatic installer I used snarf to do network installation
from http and ftp. It is quite small and works very well.
I also wrote a cp-like command which can copy files and directories from
a real filesystem path or a remote url. Very handy for install scripts
since you don't have to know from what type of media you are installing.
I recommend this approach.

> btw i havent looked a mini debconf for a number of weeks now, im
> currently working in tighter integration between busybox ar, tar, gzip.
> It should enable files to be extracted from a deb one at a time which
> could give more control for excluding files, maybe im getting a bit
> carried away with it though....
> Glenn

I would also suggest that all installer features could be called also as
unix commands, i.e. no internal commands which can be use only from the C

Massimo Dal Zotto

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