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Re: intent to package Netscape Communicator

On Sat, 11 Apr 1998, Brian White wrote:

> I just uploaded new versions of the netscape3 and netscape4 installers.
> They fix all the known bugs.  Note that these installers work quite
> differently from each other, though that is mostly in the {pre,post}{inst,rm}
> scripts.  They do have some identical files.

Will check them out.  Txs.

> Another thing to note...  Dpkg won't let you build part of a package or
> assign different version numbers to different .deb files created from
> the same source.  (At least, I've never been able to get it to do so.)

Will this be nescessary?  The libc5 thing is only temporary, and I don't have
to do it, since we are moving into the future, which is libc6.

> Are you looking to be able to install multiple versions of netscape or
> just one at a time?  I considered the former when I build the netscape4
> package, but decided it was for more trouble than it was worth.

I plan on being able to have navigator4 and communicator4, both static and
motif, coexist.  I will have to test it with netscape3, however.

> The ns-install is nice for the installer script, but not so good for building
> packages since you don't know where it stores the debian/tmp/... paths in
> its files.

The ns-install script doesn't store any paths in any files.  They are probably
already stored in the .nif files by netscape.  I will most likely be getting
around the problem with symlinks.  Anyone see any problems with that?

Plus, mine as a nifty neato display that prints a '.' each second while it is
installing the files.  Looks cool.  Plus, mine is smaller, and can install the
files separately(each .nif is a package, and the .jar set is for java).

> You mean it will download/install new versions automatically?  It's a nice
> feature and okay if it only updates existing files.  If it creates new files,
> though, I'd just leave it disabled.

I am not really sure.  Will check, when I find more tuits.


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