Re: programs by Dan Bernstein
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> wrote:
> I think that is a bad idea. Upgrades take long enough without having
> packages do full builds in postinst. Also, if the build fails, it is
> not easy to redo it (I know about /var/lib/dpkg/info)
Is this concept language dependent? [What about emacs-lisp?
Also, I've seen some documented oriented postinstalls which
can take a rather long time.]
It probably is a good idea to offer to run the thing in the
background, or at some later time.
Also, qmail-src builds a regular debian package -- which can be
re-installed at will. However, I think it could be more graceful
(would be nice to be able to say, at -src postinst time: if build
goes successfully attempt to install the package without further
Also, it is a real pain to do this kind of thing when you're
in a hurry and have a small low-powered machine. For these
kind of circumstances, local redistribution of the derived
package might be a good idea.
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