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RE: slink_cd v 1.06 released

On Fri, 12 Feb 1999, Jim Westveer wrote:

>> From: Steve McIntyre [mailto:stevem@chiark.greenend.org.uk]
>> Subject: slink_cd v 1.06 released
>> Please give feedback;
>I set up 1.06 and it ran with no apparent problems.
>Interesting observation:
>I have been making all 5 disks (1-4 + non-free) and have
>had a couple of reports that perhaps this is NOT such a good
>idea, UNLESS one actually has all 5 disks in your possession.
>e.g.  If you make images for all 5 disks, then just burn disks
>1 & 2 for someone, they get in Packages.cd ALL the information
>about what is on what disks.

Yup, this is a known "feature".

>Now a poor person with only 2 disks, configures something
>in dselect (because he can "see" non-free) that either
>intentionally uses or unintentionally requires a package in
>non-free; and fires of Install...
>They will go happily along installing the programs with dselect
>multi-cd, until they get the message "disk 5 required".
>Humm  the "user" does not have disk 5, does not know what
>disk 5 is, and becomes totally flummuxed.
>The only reason I mention it, is that when "Official CDs" are
>made, we should NOT have non-free turned on, and then simply
>post the images 1-4.

Yes, that's the plan. The script no longer defaults to making the non-free

In fact, there may be a cunning way around this - if people want to make a
5-CD set but only sell the first 1 or 2 or 4 to people, then we can simply
fiddle the Packages files on the disks so that each one only lists the
contents of the discs up to and including itself: 

Packages.cd on 1 knows about disc  1
Packages.cd on 2 knows about discs 1,2
Packages.cd on 5 knows about discs 1,2,5


Then we tell users to insert the last disc of the set they have first.
Hmmm. I'm looking at how to do this now...

Steve McIntyre, Allstor Software         smcintyr@allstor-sw.co.uk
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