YADES: Yet Another Dpkg Enhancement Suggestion: pruning
I've been following the threads about dpkg's various suggested
enhancements _and_ about the nightmare on installing debian on
What about a configuration file for dpkg which would allow unpacking
with pruning ?
Let me explain, a file /etc/dpkg.prune could contain a list a
directories not to extract into !
Rationale: If one wants to have a NFS mounted /usr, he should be able
to install the full packages on the NFS server, and install the same
packages on the NFS client machines, but with pruning anything under
/usr. The packages would still install the needed file in /var,
/etc,... but nothing under /usr.
This would be a killer feature for network installs, and must be
straightforward to implement !