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Re: non-us mirrors

On Mon, 26 Jan 1998, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:

: What would it take and who should I talk to about getting the non-us tree
: to look more like the normal tree? Specifically it should have a dists
: directory with stable and unstable in it, something like:
:   dists/
:     stable/
:        non-us/
:     unstable/
:        non-us/
: If my understanding is correct. AFAIK nothing else has to be done, it is
: acceptable for the packages file to remain as is. This would allow
: integration of the non-us and the normal tree with symlinks from the
: non-us dir to the ordinary dir.
: I'm not sure if it will be of value to deity yet, but it would be nice to
: have a standard system.
: Thanks,
: Jason

>From schwarz@monet.m.isar.de Mon Jan 26 08:50:30 1998
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 1998 11:35:00 +0100 (CET)
From: Christian Schwarz <schwarz@monet.m.isar.de>
To: Debian Bugs <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Cc: Debian Developers List <debian-devel@lists.debian.org>,
    Nathan E Norman <finn@midco.net>
Subject: Re: Integrating main, "non-us" ftp site

Package: nonus.debian.org
Severity: wishlist

On Sat, 10 Jan 1998, Nathan E Norman wrote:

> If I attempt to do a dselect install via ftp from a local mirror which
> has both the main debian distribution as well as the "non-US" stuff, it
> doesn't work.  Not without jumping through some serious hoops, at any
> rate.
> The problem is that the Packages file on the non-US site do not follow
> the same conventions as the packages file on the main ftp site.
> For bo, the "main" Packages file contains entries like
>   "Filename: stable/binary-i386/x11/9fonts_1-4.deb"
>              ^^^^^^
>   "Filename: bo/binary-i386/bzip_0.21-3.deb"
>              ^^
> For hamm, the "main" Packages file contains entries like 
>   "Filename: dists/unstable/main/binary-i386/text/2utf_1.01.deb",
>              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>   but the non-US site's Packages file contains entries like
>   "Filename: hamm/binary-i386/apache-ssl_1.2.4+1.11-2.deb"
>              ^^^^

I agree to your proposal. Even if the scripts could work without the
dists/ directory, it would probably be much easier for humans browsing the
archive if we use the same directory structure on the US and non-US

I guess it would be sufficient to create a dists/unstable directory on
non-us and include a symlink dists/unstable/non-us -> ../../hamm . Then,
the script which generates the Packages file has to be change to refer to
the dists directory.



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