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Re: packages in the old format (was Re: Upcoming Debian Releases)

Enrique Zanardi <ezanardi@noah.dfis.ull.es> writes:

> (the last dpkg versions don't recognize the old-format packages, so
> a dselect install run over a local mirror of unstable will always fail 
> in the main section, thus skipping contrib and non-free).

Are you sure?  It seems to work ok for me

femto[/cdrom/stable/binary-i386/x11]$ file xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb
xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb: old Debian binary package (format 0.939000)
femto[/cdrom/stable/binary-i386/x11]$ dpkg-deb -f xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb
PACKAGE: xkeycaps
VERSION: 2.29-3
MAINTAINER: Robert Leslie <rob@mars.org>
DEPENDS: libc5, elf-x11r6lib
DESCRIPTION: Graphical front-end to xmodmap.
 xkeycaps is a graphical front-end to xmodmap. It opens a
 window that looks like a keyboard; moving the mouse over a
 key shows what KeySyms and Modifier bits that key
 generates. Clicking on a key simulates KeyPress/KeyRelease
 events on the window of your choice. It is possible to
 change the KeySyms and Modifiers generated by a key through
 a mouse-based interface. This program can also write an
 input file for xmodmap to recreate your changes in future
femto[/cdrom/stable/binary-i386/x11]$ dpkg-deb --fsys-tarfile xkeycaps_2.29-3.de
b | tar tvf -
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 ./
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/doc/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/doc/copyright/
-rw-r--r-- root/root       821 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/doc/copyright/xkeycaps
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/X11R6/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/X11R6/bin/
-rwxr-xr-x root/root    635132 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/X11R6/bin/xkeycaps
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/X11R6/man/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/X11R6/man/man1/
-rw-r--r-- root/root     27968 1996-04-12 10:49 usr/X11R6/man/man1/xkeycaps.1x
femto[/cdrom/stable/binary-i386/x11]$ dpkg --version
Debian Linux `dpkg' package management program version (i386 elf).
Copyright 1994-1996 Ian Jackson, Bruce Perens.  This is free software;
see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or later for copying
conditions.  There is NO warranty.  See dpkg --licence for details.


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