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Re: Bits from the CD team: plans for debian-cd v3.0

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 06:33:06PM +0200, Jan Kesten wrote:
>> 1.  We need to refactor the code; the top-level Makefile is a mess,
>>     and there are far too many hacks in the codebase that make it
>>     impossible to maintain
>I'm looking forward to refactoring :-) I tried to fully understand
>debian-cd but failed much to often in the past; now a 'new start' will
>give me a chance to perhaps contribute something in future :-)

*grin* Any help will be appreciated...

>>  5. More intelligence in debian-cd
>>  6. Actual layout of the CDs could be better
>>     A much better way would be to check sizes as each file is copied
>>     into the temporary tree, and Packages and Sources files generated
>>     by copying stanzas in to match. By keeping careful track of how
>Great idea - and I think it will not very hard to implement. I did some
>kind of this before, just for filling up backup-cds. It was a rather
>small python script, that created a temporary destination for the cd and
>then started to fill it up with symlinks to the actual files - keeping
>track of the amount of data size. If I still have it, I can publish it -
>maybe it's useful?

Maybe... I have code to do something like this already, and I agree
it's not especially hard to implement IME.

>>  9. Are business card ISOs actually useful?
>>     CD media is also much more difficult. Do people still think the
>>     effort to create these is useful?
>They are just nice - tried them out and having them fit on a business
>card cd is fun. But for real life a netinst image is much more useful.

Exactly, that's a common feeling.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"C++ ate my sanity" -- Jon Rabone

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