Package: apt-setup Severity: normal The progress bar hangs at eg, 50% for 20 minutes during an install over dialup as the Packages files are downloaded. With debconf-apt-progress it should be possible to include apt download progress info into the progress bar. Some things make this difficult to implement well. Each generator is run and does not know what other generators have run or have yet to run, so it seems that without adding a lot of extra info to a generator invocation, a generator could only reasonably update the progress bar with STEP. debconf-apt-progress uses SET exclusively. It should be possible to add a --steps n switch to debconf-apt-progress which would make it use relative positioning via STEP and alays increment the progress faorward that many steps as apt is running. But, all the apt calls are wrapped up inside of apt-setup-verify, which can be run multiple times in one generator run too. Or not be run at all by a generator, and only be run afterwards. This is a problematic design element of apt-setup for other reasons too, and it renders even using relative stepping with debconf-apt-progress seemingly impossible. One thing that would work would be to run apt-setup-progress, but only let it update the INFO of the bar, and not step it at all. Then we would at least get download estimates from apt, although the bar would still update with the very low granularity it has now. Better than nothing .. (Another reason to use apt-setup-progress here eventually might be multi-CD support.) -- see shy jo  For example, the mirror generator might run it once part way, fail due to network trouble, then re-run it after the user selects a different mirror, and then it will run once more after the genertor exits.
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