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Re: [d-i] debconf, partitioning widget?

On Mon, Jul 15, 2002 at 09:50:26AM +0100, Philip Blundell wrote:
> On Mon, 2002-07-15 at 00:58, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > However,
> > manual partitioning using debconf will be very painful.  Developing a
> > debconf partitioning widget might be a little overkill, so I am not
> > sure how we want to solve this challenge.

Provide some way of dropping to a real program, like cfdisk? (switch
the user to vc5, run cfdisk there, once it's quit, flick back to vc1)

> How about writing a handful of frontends for libparted, so that we have
> one similar in style to each debconf frontend?  

That seems like a fair chunk of effort, and relying on libparted being
stable and usable (when we've never tried it before), _and_ signficantly
enhanced, seems like a good way of adding another long delay before we
can get the next release out.

Just getting the installer to work on Debian (with the 11 arches we have,
and the extra ones waiting in the wings, not to mention the huge range of
system capabilities we expect to work with) is a pretty hefty challenge.

> Do we think that parted
> will be stable enough to use as the sole partitioning program for a
> debian-installer based release?

I'm expecting some working installation systems (PGI, d-i, whatever)
within a couple of months... (i386 only, and other limitations, sure,
but working nevertheless)


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