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Re: autoup.sh & considerations on bail-out scripts

On Fri, 13 Feb 1998, Drake Diedrich wrote:

> > > > we currently have 7 install methods (cdrom, nfs, harddisk, mounted,
> > > > mountable, floppy, ftp).  we really only need 3.
> > > 
> > > 4 -- we need a method which combines instances of other 
> > > methods.  [e.g. multiple ftp sites + local repository]
> > 
> > good idea. sounds hard to do, but still a good idea. we probably
> > wont get it done in time for hamm 2.0 release.
> 8. dpkg-http (sitting in incoming) can access multiple ftp: http: and
> file: URLs.  At the moment, later archives override earlier ones. dpkg
> --merge-avail overwrites entries.  If it did a version comparison
> before changing an entry, dpkg-http might be able to present the most
> current package version for selection.

this sounds good. 

if this used pkg-order and had dpkg-mountable's ability to mount any
filesystem listed in /etc/fstab, then we'd only need two methods:
dpkg-http (rename it to dpkg-SAN) to handle 99.9999% of installs and the
special-case floppy method...does anyone actually use it?

btw, dpkg-SAN == dpkg-SwissArmyKnife.

>    A scary thought:       news: URLs

ftpmail, anyone?  or perhaps dpkg-uucp :-)


craig sanders

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