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Re: package pre-selections tool

On Fri, Apr 03, 1998 at 01:57:37AM -0500, Adam P. Harris wrote:
> Alrighty, so we all agree it would be a very good thing that, after
> the base system is installed, there should be some mechanism for users
> to preload one of several stock Debian configurations.
> Well, we better get to work ASAP if there's any hope of getting this
> into Debian 2.0.  (Technically, it may already be too late; the freeze
> has occurred.)

As it is a first-install thing, it may go into the boot-floppies package.
We have to release yet another version of that package before the freeze 
to fix an important bug, so if there's a tool ready in a few days (if it's
possible, in a week max.), I will include it in that version.

> As I see it, the next steps are:
> * Determine whether there's a *straight-forward* was to implement with
>   the existing dpkg or with only minor modifications.  Would 'dpkg
>   --get-selections' work?

Bruce implemented a proof-of-concept script a few months ago, using dpkg
--get-selections & --set-selections. I guess the tar file still is in his
home dir in master.
> * Find a volunteer to write a little (whiptail) configuration program
>   to present the alternatives and drive dpkg prior to that first
>   dselect run.  This should support a modular configurations method
>   that would allow us to add/remove/modify the stock configurations
>   w/o altering the code.
> * Find volunteers to supply stock configurations for preloading.
> * Get the debian-testing group to test it!

That's why I said it should be ready in a few days. "release day" is only
two weeks away!

Enrique Zanardi						   ezanardi@ull.es
Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental			Univ. de La Laguna

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