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Re: Ideas

Steve McIntyre wrote:
> I was talking to Ian last night on the way back from the Linux99
> conference about the current state of the install process, especially as
> it relates to multi-CD. We came up with a couple of things:
> The problems people are having with the multi-CD install could be helped
> in a very simple way. (I assume that people have noticed confused posts to
> debian-user.) People are not seeing the README on each disc that explains
> about inserting the last binary disc first for Update in dselect. I'm

First of all I'd like the authors of slink-cd to READ and UNDERSTAND
the readme that comes with dpkg-multicd.

To be precise it says:

  contain all `Packages.cd' files.  To be more convenient you should
  include the `Packages.cd' files on all CD-ROMs.  This ensures that
  you don't have to start with the first CD-ROM all the time.

If the authors of slink-cd would have placed the .cd files on *all*
affected disks as it was proposed, the users won't have complained.

Please copy the additional Packages files around and place them on
every affected cd into a proper directory.

> going to patch the dpkg-multicd method to insert a message in the Update
> step itself, so people should now no longer be able to miss this. And to
> fix the other source of confusion, I'll also add a warning that in many
> cases a simple install will never use any disks subsequent to the first
> one... 

I would appreciate if I - as the current maintainer and quartor-author
of dpkg-multicd - would be informed before something is done.  Thanks!

Apart from that, this is the wrong way - imho.  Please put the .cd files
on all disks.  If people don't like multicd they can still use the
regular cdrom method and use the regular Packages files.

> The second thing is a way to make the CD install more powerful. I know
> that Ben (Collins? Gertzfield?) has done a lot of work on a framebuffer




PS: Yes, this is a complaint!

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