Re: 1.0 on Infomagic CD
>>That's essentially identical to what I was proposing with just two
>>practical differences: (1) it uses numbers rather than names and (2)
>>it goes to more effort to hide things.
>May be. I'm afraid I too-hurriedly deleted the message with your
>suggestion, and can't go back to re-read it to see if I misread it
>the first time through.
>The intended point of my suggestion, and you might have beaten me to
>this, was to have the real directory trees be named neutrally, so
>that their names wouldn't need to change, and use symlinks with
>meaningful names (which could be easily changed without causing
>massive re-mirroring) to point to them.
This is precisely what I suggested.
>>As to (2), I'm not convinced about hiding things; what we actually
>>want is for people to look in the right place for a stable version
>>without having to think about it. If people actually want to live on
>>the bleeding edge, it shouldn't actually be any effort to do so - just
>>hard to do by accident.
>My suggestion, and the names I chose for illustration, was intended
>to show a structure which allowed that. Unfortunately, I see that
>I inadvertantly left out a directory level in some of my illustrative
>namings. Let me try again, with that mistake corrected (names shown
>below are intended to be illustrative. perhaps there are better
>choices for the symlink names. In any case, the symlink names would
>be changeable without causing massive re-mirroring.):
> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree1/ # full 0.093 tree
> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree2/ # full 1.1 tree
> /debian/debian-stable -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree1
> /debian/debian-unstable -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree2
> /debian/debian-0.93 -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree1
> /debian/debian-1.1.alpha -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree2
>Then, when 1.0 becomes the stable distribution, the symlinks
>could change to:
> /debian/debian-stable -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree2 # changed from tree1
> /debian/debian-0.93 -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree1 # might be deleted
> /debian/debian-1.1 -> /debian/.hidden/debian-tree2
>And no re-mirroring need occur.
My comments about this remain as above. My suggestion provides the
required functionality without creating `hidden' directories.
Richard Kettlewell email@example.com http://www.elmail.co.uk/staff/richard/