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Re: New ftp method for dselect

Bruce Perens writes ("Re:  New ftp method for dselect"):
> I used Andy Guy's FTP method for dselect to upgrade a bunch of ELF
> packages automaticaly this evening. It worked very well, and even
> detected corrupt and partially-downloaded packages when I used a kernel
> with networking problems.

Good !

> I could make the bootstrap floppies support an FTP installation if you
> would do the work necessary to integrate this method into dselect.
> To do this you need a package naming standard - perhaps a deviation from
> your plan, but easy enough to do and it would be of great benefit to us
> in the short term. Of course we could handle it differently in the long
> term.

Right.  In order to avoid having to rename lots of packages or change
their version numbers I propose the following naming scheme for files
on the FTP site in the `binary' directory:


Note the two hyphens.

Andy, can you make a version of your method that knows about this ?
We can then go through the 1.0 tree renaming the files.
(Unfortunately this will mess up mirror sites, so we should do it
slowly, perhaps one directory at a time.)

If this turns out to be good we can do it to the 0.93 tree too.


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