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Bug#379067: couple of minor glitches in install of powerpc

On Sat, Jul 22, 2006 at 05:59:02AM -0400, Rick Thomas wrote:
> On Jul 22, 2006, at 4:45 AM, Jens Seidel wrote:
> >There are at least two ways to add a CD to APT:
> > 1) By using apt-cdrom which adds a deb cdrom:[...] stanza to
> >    sources.list
> > 2) By accessing a mounted CD: "deb file:/mnt/etch-dvd1"
> >
> >The first method determines all packages on the CD and writes the
> >package list to your hard disk. You will never need to reinsert the
> >CD until you request packages which are available on it.

> >Maybe you should explain your problem in more detail.
> Thanks for the helpful explanation.   I believe that the installer  
> did (1) for me.

I think so too.

> I did not do (2) myself, and I do not believe the  
> installer did either.
> Hmmm...  Does it matter that I first did a "bare bones" install ( by  
> un-checking the default "desktop" task)?

No, it should not matter. On the other side the behaviour depends on the
time you removed the CD. If it was inserted at this moment and you did
not deselected the default "desktop" task, you would not have the

> Then when I later went back  
> to pick up something that is normally installed as part of the  
> Desktop task, it tried to go to the CDrom for it.  I was not  
> expecting it to go for the CDrom, and did not have it in the drive --  
> so it hung.  (Does hanging if the CD is not inserted count as a bug?)

It depends on the kind of "hanging". If APT just asks you to insert a
special CD I think this is OK and expected. Please note that downloading
packages from Internet is much slower compared to inserting CDs. It may
be different if you have a local mirror in your LAN.

If you do not get such an prompt it is definitively a bug!

I also think that having a timeout for APT would not be a good idea. I
download every few months a new Debian DVD set and try with jigdo to
reuse as many files as possible from my old set. Now imagine the phone
bells and I have to leave my appartment ... If APT (or jigdo in this
case) would just download from the net without action from my side after
5 minutes, it's possible that this would exhaust my 5GB volume ISP
contract (which was indeed replaced with a flatrate one year ago, but ...)


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