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Re: Bug#542241: simple-cdd: Deal better with non-official codenames

On Wed, 16 Sep 2009, Frans Pop wrote:
> It seems a bit strange to me to have a derived distribution as CD release 
> that's not backed up by it's own archive, and thus mirrors.
> I'd say that if you want to use different codenames, you should start by 
> creating an archive that has those codenames.

We have that.

> If you have such an archive, it also seems trivial to me to create the 
> needed configuration files (if you like as symlinks to files/dirs for 
> Debian codenames) needed for Debian CD. (I'd recommend using git-svn and 
> creating a branch for the derived distribution.)

Well, I don't want to have to maintain a debian-cd fork, I generate images
with simple-cdd which in turn uses debian-cd. My feature request is to 
have simple-cdd create symlinks in the temporary debian-cd directory that
it already uses so that the tools/boot/$CODENAME/ scripts that are called
actually exist even when $CODENAME is not an official Debian codename.

Now, the alternative is to not create the symlinks and have a way to tell
debian-cd “well CODENAME is foo, but for boot-enabling scripts, please use
those of lenny”.

> So, IMO debian-cd already has all the functionality needed to support 
> derived distributions using different codenames. Or am I missing 
> something?

Yes it has (if you consider normal to have to duplicate the codename
specific directories inside it to match your own codename).

I think it's a reasonable assumption but still wanted to ask for more

Raphaël Hertzog

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